Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has welcomed the news that over €6 million has been allocated to Offaly for road improvement and maintenance works.
By Damian Moran
The funding is part of a €298 million national investment programme for 2016 for regional and local roads.
“Offaly is getting a real boost from this significant investment of €6,254,894 in our local and regional roads. The announcement of this funding allocation by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, allows Offaly County Council to plan its work programme for the year,” commented Deputy Corcoan Kennedy.
Bridge Rehabilitation works will take place at a number of locations, including the R243 Shanderry, Portarlington road; the L-1015 road at Bordereen, Garryhinch, Portarlington; Black River Bridge, Cadamstown, Birr; Old Railway Bridge, Derrica, Ferbane; Gorteen, Killurin to Gorteen; Mullagh, Killurin to Gorteen, and Derryesker, Rahan, Tullamore, among others.
Funding has been allocated for safety improvement works at Rapemills; Mountlucas; Ballycumber road, Ferbane and Gorteen Bridge, all of which have been allocated €40,000 each, while €15,000 has been allocated for safety improvement works at Cappincur Road and Croghan to Killeshil.
“The funding package will allow approximately 2,000 kilometres of regional and local roads to be maintained nationally and close to 2,000 kilometres strengthened this year,” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.
“It is thanks to our recovering economy that we can make these kinds of investments in our road network which is a hugely important. It is good for tourism, increases efficiencies for businesses and benefits the local people who use the roads on a daily basis.
“Fine Gael has a long term economic plan designed to keep the recovery going which will ensure we can continue to make these kinds of investments. The plan has three steps: more and better jobs, making work pay more than welfare, and investment in better public services, which will only be possible as a result of the increased revenue generated by creating more jobs. This plan will ensure that more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives,” concluded Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.