Galway allocated over €36 million roads maintenance funding

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More than €36 million has been allocated for the maintenance and renewal of local and regional roads in Galway County this year.

Minister of Transport Eamon Ryan today announced a €555 million funding package for local and regional roads in 2021.

This will be used to allow approximately 3,100kms of roads to be maintained and 2,450kms to be strengthened.

Galway Senator Aisling Dolan confirmed that €36.2 million of the overall package has been allocated for works in Galway.

The main features of the investment programme include:

  • €260m for road pavement strengthening works
  • €72m for preventative surface dressing work
  • €84m for maintenance and strengthening works for which Local Authorities have discretion in the selection of roads
  • €24m Strategic Regional and Local Roads Projects
  • €18m for Bridge Rehabilitation works
  • €19m for Safety Improvement works
  • €20m for Drainage works
  • €16m for Community Involvement Schemes as part of the 2 year work programme commenced in 2020
  • €13m for the completion of Active Travel projects (carryover from July 2020 Stimulus funding. (Note the primary responsibility for active travel funding lies with the NTA who recently announced 240m euro in allocations for 2021)
  • €23m for Climate Change Adaptation/Resilience Works
  • €4m for Minor Improvement Works
  • €12m approx. of miscellaneous grants including, training, salt purchase, velocity patching machines together with a number of pilot schemes

Minister of State and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said “Maintaining our regional and local road network is not only important for connectivity, but crucial to ensuring safety on our roads, reducing road collisions and protecting lives.”

Minister Eamon Ryan said “Our main priority in 2021 is the maintenance and renewal of our existing regional and local road network.”

“This type of routine maintenance is fundamental to safe guarding our road infrastructure and keeping the network in a good condition.”