Local and regional roads in Cork are set for a significant funding injection, with €44 million being allocated to Cork County.
Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, welcomed the announcement and said: “I was delighted to see Cork receive such funding; it will allow for critical safety improvement works to be carried out throughout the county.
“Nearly €30 million has been earmarked for restoration improvement and maintenance works, while another €8.7 million has been allocated as a Discretionary Grant for the engineer’s office to put towards the most essential projects.
“The extreme weather of a few months past has left our roads in particularly bad condition. Today’s funding allocation is a great step towards addressing the issue of rural roads.
“Fine Gael in Government is committed to reducing deaths on Irish roads. 2017 saw the lowest number of fatalities on our roads since records began, but we cannot allow complacency to creep in – now is the optimal time to continue this advance.
“Our roads are used every day and are essential for connecting people locally.
This funding will be used to maintain and improve local roads, an essential infrastructure for meeting the growing demands of our expanding economy and population.
Speaking on the announcement Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “I am especially pleased that the 2018 grant allocations include important initiatives in the area of Community Involvement Schemes and Drainage.
“While local authorities were able to use general grants for such schemes in recent years, this year ring-fenced funding is being provided. These are two areas where I have very much wanted to take action and I am very glad to be able to do so this year. There needs to be an increased focus on measures to improve the resilience of the road network in the face of climate change.”