Over €450,000 for upgrade of local roads



€450,678 in funding has been secured for the upgrade of local roads in Co. Roscommon under the Local Improvement Scheme. The funding was announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.

  The funding is for the improvement of small roads and laneways in rural parts of the county that are not under the normal maintenance of the County Council.

  Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins said: “This scheme will have a very positive impact for farmers to help them access their land and for residents who live on these private roads”.

  Up to 90% of the funding will be provided by Minister Michael Ring at the Department of Rural and Community Development. The remaining money is expected to come from local residents, landowners or local authorities for roads leading to public amenities.

  Senator Frank Feighan said that the road improvements carried out under this scheme make a huge difference for people living in rural areas in terms of accessing their homes and farms, and it is also used to improve local amenities such as graveyards and beaches for the benefit of the whole community as well as visitors.

  Senator Feighan added that the County Council is responsible for identifying and prioritising roads for improvement works under the scheme.