€21m in funding for county’s regional and local roads

Funding of €21,243,550 was announced this week for regional and local roads in County Roscommon as part of what the Department of Transport described as a ‘significant investment programme aimed at supporting communities, rural businesses, and connectivity in 2023’.

Tuesday’s announcement was welcomed by local Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy, who said the funding would benefit initiatives across the county.

“Improving and maintaining our road network is essential to the sustained development of local economies in rural Ireland. These roads are critical for children getting to school and people travelling to work safely,” he said.

“These grants, in addition to local authorities’ own resources, will play a vital role in supporting rural businesses, communities, and connectivity”.

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan was also pleased to welcome the county’s allocation and highlighted a number of projects under the Climate Change Adaptation and Safety Improvement Works funds.

“The safety fund gives funding of €30,000 for projects such as making junctions and roads safer for all road users,” she said.

“Funds have been allocated for the community involvement scheme (CIS) as well as the bridge rehabilitation works. Other features of this year’s investment programme include road pavement strengthening works, drainage works, and preventative surface dressing work.

“Our roads team in each municipal district works with the local community to improve safety across the county. This can make such a difference”.

Independent councillor Anthony Waldron also welcomed Tuesday’s announcement.