Tipperary roads - funding for improvements
Tipperary roads are to benefit to the tune of €1,784, 000 from newly announced funding.
Independent County Councillor for Clonmel/Cahir Borough District, Martin Lonergan has welcomed the announcement today by The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, of a two year €23.1 million Community Involvement Grant Programme for regional and local roads.
Commenting on the announcement Councillor Lonergan said, “I am delighted that the Minister will provide funding of up to €1,784, 000 over a two year period to Tipperary County Council. This will allow a greater number of projects to go ahead and gives the Council more flexibility in delivering this programme.
These works will be of immense benefit to local communities in County Tipperary.
Applications were sought from local authorities for suitable schemes for inclusion and the response from local authorities was very positive with a large number of proposals received. The average community contribution proposed is about 19%. The community input can be either by way of a financial contribution or works.
In the normal course of a Council’s road works programme, repairs to minor county roads would only be considered towards the end of the programme after more heavily trafficked routes had been dealt with and the purpose of the Community Involvement Scheme is to facilitate local participation in the repair of roads so as to allow improvements to be made sooner than might otherwise be the case.
The Community Involvement Programme will allow a wide range of works to be undertaken on regional and local roads. The proposed works include general works such as providing hard standing material at field entrances or removal of banks at the edge of a road, drainage works, road surface strengthening and repair works, the repair and construction of footways, the improvement of sight lines, the easing of bends and the provision of passing bays.”
Concluding Cllr. Lonergan said, “I know that the fabric of the regional and local road network has suffered because of funding constraints in recent years and this has impacted particularly on more lightly trafficked roads. I hope that this scheme will allow the local authority and communities to work together to achieve tangible improvements and I look forward to seeing the results of this combined effort.”