Funding: Minister Shane Ross
TENS of millions of euro in Government funding has been allocated for a number of major road projects across Limerick.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has announced funding totalling €26.2 million for a variety of projects including €7.5m to progress the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Northern Distributor Road.
Significant monies have also been allocated for upgrade works at Golf Links Road, Ballysimon Road and Castletroy Link Road while €100,000 has been earmarked for the replacement of the Park Road Bridge in Corbally.
In addition to receiving funding for specific projects, Limerick City and County Council is to receive almost €9m for general restoration improvement works and maintenance works.
Thomond Bridge in the heart of the city is to receive €102,000 for rehabilitation works while monies have also been allocated for similar works at Matthew Bridge, Sarsfield Bridge and Athlunkard Bridge.
“Building better roads can change lives, but investing in safer roads will save lives. The campaign to change attitudes to drink driving, speeding, phone use and seatbelt wearing must be accompanied by Government delivering major funding for quality road investment if our roads are to be safer for all, and I am glad to say we are doing that,” said Minister Ross.
Senator Kieran O’Donnell has welcomed the allocation of funding for projects in Limerick saying many are overdue and much-needed.
“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,” he said.
Fellow Senator Maria Byrne added: “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.”