Galway has been allocated €856,959 for maintenance and repairs to rural, local access roads that don’t fall under the jurisdiction of the county council.
The Local Improvement Scheme has allocated a total of €10 million for work on local access roads this year, with Galway receiving the single largest grant.
However this year’s investment represents a drop of more than €80,000 on last year when Galway received €942,000.
The Scheme funds up to 90% of the cost or repairs and improvements to local roads leading to areas where there are five or fewer residents, and 85% percent where there are six or more residents.
As they don’t fall under the control of the county council these roads are the ones that are worst hit by damage from weather and under investment.
Galway-Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy said despite their status as small local roads, these are essential connections to homes and businesses in rural Galway.
“These roads give access to homes, farmyards, agricultural land and business premises, and are heavily used, but because they fall outside of direct local authority control, many of these roads need urgent upgrading and improvement works.
The upgrading work will have a significant impact once re-surfacing starts,” Deputy Murphy finished.