28 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Funding of €7.1 million for improvement and maintenance works to regional and local roads in Co Monaghan was announced this week.

The figure received by Monaghan Co Council comprises €3,879,025 for restoration improvement; €1,091,862 for restoration maintenance; a discretionary grant of €1,692,045; €236,000 for bridge rehabilitation works; €175,000 for safety improvement works; €49,500 in relation to speed limits; and a training grant of €40,000.

The money for bridge rehabilitation works provides for projects on the R162 at Lacken Bridge (€200,000) and on the R181 (€36,000).

Safety improvement works to be carried out will include projects at Castleblayney’s Main Street (€80,000); near the Cathedral on Monaghan’s Dublin Road (€20,000); Stranooden crossroads (€15,000); the Glen Road in Monaghan Town (€10,000); Rockcorry village (€20,000); and a pedestrian crossing and other works on the Cullaville Road (total €30,000).

In a statement on Tuesday, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, welcomed what she said was more than €15.6 million in funding for regional and local roads in Cavan and Monaghan, part of a €298 million investment programme announced by Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe TD.

Minister Humphreys said that when the €13 million for national roads funding in the constituency, which was announced in December, was taken into account, Cavan and Monaghan roads had received €28.6 million in funding over the last month.

She pointed out that the latest allocations would allow local authorities to plan ahead and decide their annual work programmes. Nationwide, the funding package will allow approximately 2,000 kilometres of regional and local roads to be maintained and close to 2,000 kilometres strengthened this year.

“A number of local roads have been damaged in the recent floods, and I understand that Minister Donohoe will make an announcement shortly in relation to additional road funding for flood repairs,” the Minister added.

“Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the economy going. Continued economic growth will provide us with more money to invest in vital infrastructure, such as the local and regional road network. Opposition parties constantly call for increased road funding, but they have no plan to fund it. Fine Gael wants to keep the recovery going so increased funding for our roads is available.

“This €15.6 million will allow for significant improvements to be carried out on a range of local roads. Routes which will benefit include the main street in Castleblaney, Cullaville Road and Rockcorry Village, as well as…

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