Over €17m has been allocated by the Department of Transport for work on roads in County Limerick this year.
The funding includes €15.6m for restoration and improvement works and €1.7m for maintenance works on local and regional roads.
Included in the allocation is €5m for the Coonagh/Knocklisheen distributor road.
A number of bridge rehabilitation works are included in the funding, at Thomond Bridge, Ballyegna in Ardagh, Duncaha Bridge in Shanagolden, Gortnakistin in Doon and Nantinan in Rathkeale.
Works to improve safely will also be carried out at the Tipperary Road junction from Garryowen, Brookville Avenue and Hyde Road, Graigeen, Askeaton and in Lisamoate, Ballingarry.
The allocation has been welcomed by local Fine Gael TDs Patrick O’Donovan and Dan Neville.
Mr O’Donovan pointed out that this later allocation followed the recent announcement that over €3.5m is to be invested by Government in Barnagh to complete the road widening and realigning work there, together with a further €800,000 for Dromkeen on the Limerick to Tipperary road for traffic calming.
“As the economic recovery takes hold the Government is in a stronger position to invest in our infrastructure. In a rural county like Limerick, it is vital that we maintain a safe and good road network. This investment from the Minister is critical to that and I know will be very welcome in the communities across Limerick that will see improvements on their road network,” said Mr O’Donovan.
“Through my membership of the Oireachtas Transport Committee and in my regular meetings with the Minister for Transport I will continue to remind the Minister of the road projects in County Limerick that I want to see prioritised,” he added.
Dan Neville, said the investment in local roads was needed following a number of bad winters. “The funding announced today is awarded in addition to local authorities’ own resources,” Mr Neville pointed out.
“The Government is committed to spreading the economic recovery to all regions of the country. Ensuring the upkeep and maintenance of our road network is essential in facilitating our future economic growth and securing job creation.
“The Regional Enterprise Strategy which will be launched in the coming weeks will emphasise growth in the regions and I am confident that improved and well maintained roads in Limerick can only be an advantage to locals and to businesses,” he said.