€79,591 funding to upgrade local roads in Kildare

Local Improvement Scheme

Paula Campbell

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€79,591 funding to upgrade local roads in Kildare

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The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has today (Friday) announced a allocation of €79,591 for Kildare local roads as part of a €10 million for Local Authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS).

Minister Ring said: "The Local Improvement Scheme provides funding to improve small roads and lane ways in rural Ireland that are not under the normal maintenance of the County Councils. The scheme has made a huge impact on many people living in rural areas by improving the roads they use every day to access their homes and farms, as well as important local amenities such as graveyards and beaches.”

Meanwhile an additional €600K for road repairs in Kildare has been allocated under the Special Maintenance Grant to repair storm damaged roads.

Extreme weather events over the last year, such as Storm Eleanor, Storm Emma, flooding incidents and the summer drought have had a major impact on the regional and local road network. 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. This additional
funding will ensure as far as possible, the provision of a safe and efficient network of national,
regional and local roads in Kildare.

Senator Anthony Lawlor welcomed the funding.

"Roads throughout Kildare need repair and all road users need safe roads on which to travel," he said. "The adverse weather last winter damaged rural roads in particular impacting local farmers and residents. I want works completed before weather and road conditions become a concern again this year. This funding is part of this government’s commitment to our transport network and regional development as announced in the National Development Plan 2018-2027. The National Development Plan demonstrates this Government’s commitment to meeting Ireland’s infrastructure and investment needs over the next ten years. Kildare will become increasingly more
important as Dublin max’s its potential for growth.“

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