Galway County Council has been allocated more than €37 million for maintenance and improvements to local and regional roads this year.
The package for Galway in 2022 includes just over €1 million earmarked for climate change adaptation and resilience works, €630,000 for bridge rehabilitation, and €250,000 for work on the Athenry relief road.
One of the single largest investments is €1 million for improvements to the R332 at Kilbannon.
The funding for Galway is part of €597 million for local and regional roads nationwide, an increase of 4% this year.
Galway TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton that €12m funding nationwide includes over 300 projects specifically targeting road safety.
“This year we will spend over €26 million more than last year on our local and regional roads, demonstrating Government’s commitment to ensure a strong, safe and sustainable roads network.”
“I am particularly happy to see continued investment of some €55 million, and good progress, on new strategic regional and local roads projects right across the country.”
“This also includes provision for funding to continue a signage programme which includes signage to support lower speed limits in housing areas, rural speed limit signage and a ‘safe passing’ cycle sign.”
The funding package will allow approximately 3,100kms of roads to be maintained and 2,550kms to be strengthened.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said that these funds supplement what local authorities spend on their roads themselves, and “do not represent the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.”