Transport minister gives almost €24m for county’s roads
WICKLOW County Council received almost € 24 million under the 2009 Regional and Local Roads programme.
Speaking on Monday Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, he was delighted to be able to earmark more than € 607 million for the nation’s road in a time of economic hardship.
Wicklow County Council received €23,878,820 while Wicklow Town Council and Arklow Town Council received €287,000 each.
Bray Town Council received €624,000 under the programme.
Director of Service for Roads, Seamus Walker, said that while the Council could always do with extra money they were happy with this year’s allocation. ‘We are happy given the current circumstances with the allocation. It is almost the same as last year so we are happy we were not cut.’
Mr. Walker said that this included a grant of €12 million to part fund the Port Access Road and also a grant to repair Ballysmuttan Bridge near Blessington which was damaged during a storm late last year.
With regards to the funding from the National Roads Authority for the N11 and N81 Mr. Walker said there was mixed feelings.
The Council, he said, were happy with the allocation for the N11 but less so with the N81.
The funding for the N11 includes a grant of € 60,000 to carry out safety works at Lil Doyle’s pub and also €8.8 million for the Arklow Rathnew scheme.
While the Council didn’t get the go-ahead from Central Government to start this scheme Mr. Walker said the funding will allow them continue buying parcels of land to facilitate the road when it is given the green light.
Minster Noel Dempsey.