WORK IS expected to get under way next month on two key road projects that have been stalled due to a lack of funding.
Construction is expected to start on the upgrade of Newlands Cross in south Dublin and the Arklow to Rathnew dual carriageway in Co Wicklow in April. The €180m project is being funded by the European Investment Bank and private sector under a public-private partnership.
The upgrade will see the 16.5km section of roadway between Arklow and Rathnew upgraded to four lanes, while a new junction will be built at Newlands Cross.
Minister of State at the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes, said 13,000 jobs would be created under a €2.25bn stimulus package, of which €1.4bn would come from the private sector.