Funding for railway bridge project
welcomed

Deputy Tom Hayes has welcomed the allocation of nearly $700,000 from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, for the start of works on the Fethard Road Railway Bridge in Clonmel.

Deputy Tom Hayes has welcomed the allocation of nearly $700,000 from the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, for the start of works on the Fethard Road Railway Bridge in Clonmel.

“These projects are vital to boosting employment in the construction sector as well as also ensuring top quality infrastructure for the local community.

In total we are supporting 120 projects nationally under the Specific and Strategic Projects Scheme, with improvement works on 13 strategic regional roads and more than 200 low-cost safety projects”, Deputy Hayes said.

“This funding, which in total amounts to $675,000, will be administered by South Tipperary County Council in the course of 2012, and the Minister has called on all local authorities to demonstrate their efficiency in using these resources”, he added.

The bridge will be widened to ease traffic flow and increase safety in the area for drivers and pedestrians.

An extra traffic lane will be provided for traffic on the inner relief road taking the Fethard Road roundabout onto the bridge; and a roundabout will be built at the junction of Thomas Street and Prior Park Road to ease traffic flow.

It’s understood that the project will be going to tender shortly and it’s hoped to start work in the spring.

The announcement comes as part of a $379.5 million investment programme by the Government for regional and local roads in 2012.