It has been announced today, as part of the Job’s Initiative that County Councils are being provided with an additional €60 million for a Regional and Local Roads Investment Programme.
Deputy Regina Doherty welcomes this investment as it will mean improved roads and job creation. Under this Programme, County Councils have submitted a 3 year programme (period 2011-2013) identifying roads most in need of improvement in their area. This Programme aims to improve approximately 650km of regional and local roads throughout the country.
With today’s announcement comes great news for Meath as the Meath County Council has been granted over €2.3million in additional funding for road improvements. This increases the road improvement fund to over €6million. With roads like the R194 in Moynalty & R125-0 in Clonee among the roads cited under the programme for improvement, this is really great news.
‘For a time now, residents in towns and rural areas in Meath have been complaining about road conditions in their area and with good reason. The bad weather over the winter months really exasperated the situation leaving many roads nearly impassable. The County Council have been doing their utmost within their constraints to keep the roads in good condition but unfortunately in some places these efforts are not reflected. This announcement today will mean that road improvements scheduled for 2012 can now be brought forward and commenced in 2011.’
A list of roads to be improved under this programme is available from the Dept. of Transport, however this is a provisional list and there will scope for Meath County Council to prioritise the roads most in need of immediate improvement. One thing for certain is that for residents of rural areas that have been putting up with sub-standard road conditions this will be welcome news.
Further good news comes with this announcement as it is estimated by Minister of Transport, Leo Varadkar that somewhere in the region of 1,000 jobs will be created through this €60million investment Programme.
‘Positive news is always welcome and in the current difficult economic climate we are in, job creation and improved safer roads is a double bounce’ says Deputy Doherty.