• RoadWork

    €8.5 Million for Regional & Local Roads for Sligo

    I am delighted that my Independent Alliance colleague Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. has today confirmed details of the Regional and Road Grants Allocations for €8,457,172.

    I am pleased that this funding has allowed for an 11.5% increase in the Restoration Improvement Grant with the Restoration Maintenance Grants being continued at the 2016 level for all counties.

    Minister Ross said that allocations to local authorities will see an increase of about 9% in 2017. The priority this year is safety and the support of job growth in local areas. Therefore the continued maintenance of the existing road network coupled with major rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements is central to this year’s programme.

    Minister Ross confirmed that the funding package announced today will allow approximately 1980 kms of regional and local roads to be maintained and 2035 kms to be strengthened in the coming year.

    Minister Ross believes that Local Authorities are best placed to assess priorities within their own areas and therefore considerable autonomy will be given to them under grant headings to decide their own specific work programmes including up to 15% of the discretionary grant being made available to be used for the Local Improvement Scheme.

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