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Clare roads will benefit from €2.5m in funding in 2015. Photograph by John Kelly.

Almost €2.5m road allocation for Clare in 2015

APPROXIMATELY €700,000 has been allocated for a number of road projects on the Wild Atlantic Way route in Clare. Over €2.5m has been allocated to funding the road network in the county for 2015.

The 2015 allocation of €2,564,283 to Clare County Council for the national road network represents an increase of €565,802 on last year’s allocation.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism, Pascal Donohoe.

Funding of €400,000 for pavement strengthening at Lisdeen on the N67 and €300,000 for pavement overlay north of Doonbeg on the same road, which is on the Wild Atlantic Way, has been approved. “€450,000 in funding has also been provided for pavement overlay on the N67 at Ballingaddy, €200,000 for pavement overlay on the N67 at Drummin, with €100,00 allocated for works at Blakes Corner,” Clare Fine Gael TD Pat Breen said.

I am very pleased to see funding allocated for a number of projects on the N67, particularly given the importance of tourism for the economy in West Clare. It is very important if we are to continue to maximise the opportunities of the Wild Atlantic Way that we have a good road network,” Deputy Breen added.

The remainder of the funding has been allocated to Clare Bridges Rehabilitation Works (€300,000), €10,500 for minor works on the N67 at Muckinish East while the Local Authority Support Improvement 2015 has been allocated €120,558 with the remainder being spent on maintenance of national primary and secondary routes.
Nationally the NRA allocations to local authorities provides €184.8 million in total. This is made up of €165.2 million for improvement works and €19.6 million for maintenance.

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