CLARE County Council has been allocated a total of €34.917m for local and regional roads investment for 2022.
About one third of the allocation, €11.8m will go towards progressing the Shannon crossing at Killaloe and Ballina. Slightly more, €12.18m will go towards restoration improvement/
Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, today announced details of a €597 million nationwide investment programme for 2022 for regional and local roads.
Overall funding will increase by over 4% this year. The funding package will allow approximately 3,100kms of roads to be maintained and 2,550kms to be strengthened.
Minister Ryan stated: “The main priority in 2022 continues to be the protection and renewal of the existing regional and local road network. Last year I introduced a climate change adaptation grant for works on roads at risk due to the impact of climate change and severe weather events.
“I am pleased to say that this funding will continue in 2022 with €15 million being allocated for 355 climate change adaptation projects.”
Deputy Cathal Crowe made special note of the allocation for Henchy’s Cross on the main Ennis to Tulla Road.
“Those familiar with this section will be all too aware that it’s very difficult to see approaching cars and I hope that this funding will help to permanently address that issue.”
Senator Roisin Garvey welcomed the allocation saying, “This is a very welcome investment in the infrastructure and climate resilience of our County. After Minister Ryan’s visit to the Banner last week it is great to see this funding being provided for our road network.”
The money will be distributed as follows
Restoration Improvement €12,186,000
Restoration Maintenance €1,880,000
Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Works €683,000
Training Grant €79,500
Drainage Works €879,864
PSCI: Survey Support €33,000
Strategic Regional and Local Roads €11,800,000
Safety Improvement Works €529,000
Discretionary Grant €3,592,000
Bridge Rehabilitation €602,000
Specific Imp. Grants €70,000
Supplementary Restoration Maintenance €1,477,000
Former National Roads €380,000
Community Involvement Scheme €726,000
Total Allocation €34,917,364