The provision of funding for works on the N59 Galway, Clifden, Leenane road and the N84 road from Galway to Headford in 2018 has been welcomed.
Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cuív said that the works “will make a huge difference” once completed.
The Fianna Fáil TD explained: “Almost €5m has been earmarked for the N59, including €1m for the development of a major scheme on the Clifden to Oughterard stretch of the road and €400,000 to continue progress on the Moycullen by-pass. It is essential that the Moycullen by-pass goes to tender this year as the road is urgently needed.
“The Minister also needs to clarify what works are due to be undertaken in relation to the major upgrade of the Clifden to Oughterard road. I welcome the provision of €1m for works which are at detailed design stage for the section of road between Maam Cross and Bunnakill, as well as the allocation of €200,000 for widening of the N59 at the National Park, west of Letterfrack. I have been pursuing this project for a long time and it would appear that significant progress will be made on it this year. This particular section of road is very narrow and at times two trucks or two buses have difficulty passing without causing damage to vehicles.
“Funding for overlays on the N59, including the eastern approach to Oughterard, the northern approach to Clifden and the western approach to Maam Cross, will make a huge difference once the works have been completed.
“The funding for the N84 will ensure a much better travelling experience, which last year had the benefit of the completion of the Luimnagh realignment scheme. The sections proposed for overlay this year are Bunnaconeen, Castlequarter to Corrandulla, Clonboo to Corrandulla, Coursefield, Galway Road Headford, the northern approach to Ballindooley and the southern approach to Clonboo. Nearly €4.5m should make a significant difference on this road and should improve safety on it considerably.”