Additional funding of €1,056,700 has been allocated for the maintenance and strengthening of local road network in Clare.
Twenty per cent of the funding can be used for Community Involvement Schemes (CIS) whereby an individual, or a group of people, with the consent of the road authority, can carry out maintenance and improvement works on local roads.
This allows community participation, either in money or through the provision of road-machinery, excavators, road building material or labour in having lightly trafficked roads maintained to a good standard.
Ten per cent can be invested in Local Improvement Schemes (LIS) – roads and laneways that have not been taken in charge by the council, the maintenance and improvement of which is a matter for the relevant landowner.
In addition, approval can be sought from this extra allocation to fund urgent road safety projects which local authorities wish to progress this year.
Deputy Pat Breen said the additional funding will ensure that Clare County Council together with local communities will have increased flexibility to progress remedial and maintenance works carried out on roads in their area.