MAYO has been allocated over €35 million in funding for road improvement works for 2012 in the last week. With a regional and local road allocation of €20,145,804 for Mayo County Council announced last week, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Sport and Tourism, Michael Ring, was able to confirm yesterday (Monday), that a further €15,273,841 would be allocated this week for works on the county’s national roads.
The money is earmarked for various small projects and improvements across Mayo, and the proposed Ballaghaderreen bypass on the Mayo/Roscommon border aside - which is being dealt with separately - there will be no major road projects beginning in the county this year.
The list of specific works that will be undertaken is exhaustive and spread across the county. There is almost €10 million in the category ‘Footpaths and Minor Works’, and included in this is funding for footpaths in Mulranny - the need for which was highlighted following a near fatal accident involving two children last April.
€500,000 is also allocated to keep alive one of the more significant road projects planned for the county in recent years - the Westport to Turlough and Turlogh to Bohola dual carriageway.
An urban street upgrade in Kiltimagh (€285,000), the Castlebar link road (€500,000)improvements at Bunowen (€175,000) and Delphi (€150,000) Bridges in Louisburgh, and many other bridges across Mayo, along with various junction safety works, improvements to route lighting, an allocation for winter maintenance, safety improvements and €2.6 million for pavement works at Dooncastle, Cloonturk, Stonehall, Callow and Belgarrow, are all also listed for 2012.
Speaking to The Mayo News, Minister Ring said he was delighted that in the last number of days over €35 million has been allocated for road works in Mayo.
“This funding is needed to carry out vital works and I am pleased that the National Roads Authority has recognised this and allocated the relevant funding,” he said. “I’m delighted to be able to announce this funding and in these difficult times it’s important to maintain our roads network, which is the lifeblood of our county. When funding is so limited, it’s important that the Government is doing its utmost to maintain our roads and these projects will benefit local residents and businesses, as well as visitors to the county, and each project will also help to create and sustain jobs.”
Also welcoming the funding, County Manager Peter Hynes said that it was an extremely positive allocation given the financial pressures everyone - including Government departments - are working under.