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Government in pre-election €8million Louth road funding bonanza

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County Hall, home of Louth County Council. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

Just short of €8.4 million worth of funding, part of a total of €525 million in regional and local roads funding announced by Minister for Transport Shane Ross today, has been granted to Louth County Council to assist in various road improvement and restoration programmes across the county.

The government’s announcement of capital funding for for the nation’s roads, coming 19 days before the election, will allow 2,700km of roads to be maintained and 2,300km to be strengthened, Ross said in a statement. A grand total of €8,367,709 has been allocated to Louth County Council.

The Department of Transport say that the monies announced today are in addition to road funding and expenditure already budgeted by local authorities. “These grants supplement local authorities own resources expenditure on regional and local road projects and do not represent the total investment in regional and local roads for this year,” Ross remarked.

The biggest tranche of money for Louth has been allocated for restoration works. That figure stands at just over €3.8 million. Meanwhile, the government say, €1,274,500 has been allocated for discretionary grants related to road builds and work.

As part of the 2020 Specific Improvement Grants, St Dominics Bridge in Drogheda receives €130,000 and the L2321 Obelisk Bridge neat Tullyallen is granted €140,000.

€301,000 has been allocated for various safety improvement works on regional and local roads. These include on the Avenue Road in Dundalk, Annagassan Village, Dillonstown Cross near Dunleer, Sheelagh, Main Street in Blackrock, Mary Street in Drogheda and the Carlingford to Greenore Road.

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