€10.5M Funding for Regional and Local Roads

Sligo County Council To Receive €10.5M For Regional And Local Roads Programme

Sligo County Council will receive an allocation of €10,502,125 for its Local and Regional Roads programme in 2018, which represents an increase of over €2M on the 2017 allocation.

News of the funding was welcomed by the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Seamus Kilgannon

‘This investment in our regional and local roads programme will see significant expenditure in maintaining and improving the roads network across the County.  The allocation of €800,000 for the Western Distributor Road will facilitate this long awaited scheme to proceed to construction in the current year”

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

“The 2018 allocation from the Department of Transport represents a huge investment in Sligo.  Combining the €17.6M allocated before Christmas by TII for the maintenance and improvement of the National Road network with today’s programme of €10.5M will represent the busiest ever year for the Directorate.  

The 2018 allocation of €10,502,125 compares with 2017 funding of €8,457,172 representing an increase of €2,044,953 or 24.2%.  Nationally funding for 2018 is up from €324.3M to €416.8M an increase of €92.5M or 28.5%.”


Details of Sligo County Council 2018 Allocation:

The 2018 Restoration Improvement Grant is up by €814,064 to €5,291,000.

The Restoration Maintenance Grant for surface dressing works is up by €193,173 though this is only due to a special supplementary Restoration grant of €413,500.  As the current funding budget for regional and local roads has been reduced this year, a Supplementary Restoration Maintenance (SRM) Grant using capital funding is being introduced.  Both the RM and SRM Grants may only be used for Surface Dressing works.

There is a small increase in the Discretionary Grant (up by €6,891) and the Bridge Rehabilitation Grant shows an increase also (up by €38,000).

Funding allocated for the WDR Phase II is €800,000 compared to €100,000 in 2017.  This will facilitate the progression of this Scheme to construction in 2017.  Funding allocated for further land acquisition on the Eastern Garavogue Bridge Scheme for 2018 is €300,000 similar to the 2017 allocation.  Overall therefore funding under this heading is up €700,000 in 2018 as compared to 2017.

2018 Allocations for Safety Improvement Works show an increase of €20,000 while allocations for Speed Limits Schemes and Training Grants are similar to 2017.

A new line of funding called Drainage works has been introduced for 2018.  The funding may be used for the alleviation of road drainage problems either through new works or remedial works. Sligo County Council has been given an allocation of €276,500.

There is reference in the Circular also to a funding allocation for LIS Schemes to be announced at a later date.  Also a Community Involvement Scheme will be available in 2018.