Cathaoirleach Welcomes Roads Funding

Cathaoirleach Welcomes Roads Funding

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Tom MacSharry has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport of the Regional and Local Roads allocation for 2020.

‘This funding is hugely significant right across our roads programme.  With the adjustment of Western Distributor Road funding, there is a welcome increase in funding for 2020 across the main grant categories.  I especially welcome the increase of €1.1m in the Restoration Improvement Grant to a total of over €6.8m.

Combining the December Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) funding allocation, today’s announcement by the Department, and the Councils own contribution to the Roads Programme, we will see a total investment of over €73M in the maintenance, improvement and construction of public Roads and associated infrastructure in Sligo in 2020.’

Other key elements of the 2020 allocation:

  • Restoration Grant for Surface Dressing works:
    Increase of €160,000 on 2019 figure to €1,224,500
  • Supplementary Maintenance Allocation:
    Increase of €338,000 on 2019 figure to €758,000.

There were also increases in the Council’s Discretionary Grant and Bridge Rehabilitation Grant

Eastern Garavogue Bridge

The allocation of €250,000 will enable the Council to finalise design issues and advance the scheme towards construction during 2020.

Specific Improvement Category

Funding under this scheme was reintroduced in 2019 after an absence of a number of years. Included in the 2020 grant is an allocation of €212,000 for work on the R284 at Gleann and an allocation of €150,000 towards the Mail Coach Road to Burton Street Scheme.

Sligo County Council’s Director of Services Tom Kilfeather said:

‘Today’s allocation, taken in conjunction with the TII funding announced in December, and the Council’s own Roads Programme contribution, will allow us to proceed with the preparation of a Roadworks Programme for 2020.  As always, we will continue to engage with the Department to avail of any further funding opportunities that might arise during 2020 to attract additional funding into Sligo County Council’s Roads Programme.’