Major boost as €26.2m is announced for Limerick road projects

Limerick councillor predicts 'long wait' to progress Northern Distributor Road

An artists' impression of how the NDR might look

MILLIONS of euro in funding has been earmarked for works on roads and bridges across Limerick.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has this Friday announced funding of €26.2m for vehicular infrastructure in Limerick, including €7.5m for the Coonagh to Knockalisheen northern distributor road.

Improvements have been earmarked for the Golf Links Road, the Castletroy Link Road and the Croom distributor road, with €100,000 put in place for the replacement of the Park road bridge.

Other bridge rehabilitation works are to take place under the scheme, including links at Shanagolden, Derrylusk, Ballylin, Ballinagarry and Ballyhaukish.

Thomond Bridge in the heart of the city is to get €102,000 for rehabilitation works, as is Matthew Bridge, Sarsfield Bridge and Athlunkard Bridge.

Some €358,000 has been dedicated to safety improvement works on regional and local roads, including €90,000 for Lynches Corner in Caherconlish, €54,000 in Glenosheen Village, and Rylands at Ballingarry.

And €1m is in place for rehabilitation of former national roads, which have been downgraded to regional links.

Senator Kieran O’Donnell has welcomed the news, saying: “I am very pleased to see funding being provided to a range of road and rehabilitative projects, many of which I have actively worked on. The upgrade of the Golf links road, Castletroy is long overdue and will make a major difference for vehicle and road users. In addition,  the €100,000 allocated to the Castletroy link road from the Golf links to the Groody road can now be progressed with the recruitment of consultants to advance the project. “

Fellow Senator Maria Byrne added: “2019 will see a further significant increase in grant funding for regional and local roads, which I’m delighted to see. Recent extreme weather events have had a major impact on the regional and local road network and this funding will see essential maintenance and improvements carried out. These events, combined with the extended period of reduced funding for road maintenance following the economic downturn, have left the road network much more vulnerable to damage.”

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