Saturday 10 December 2016

Transport Minister announces €106m in funding to repair flood-damaged roads and bridges

Published 28/01/2016 | 08:54

Flooding in Athlone, one of the areas badly hit in the winter storms. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Flooding in Athlone, one of the areas badly hit in the winter storms. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe will make a fund of €106m available in the coming weeks to pay for repair to flood-damaged roads and bridges around the country, it has been announced.

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The money will go towards fixing roads and bridges which have are in need of repairs after damage from this winter’s storms.

County councils have been asked to provide the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with itemised examples of projects that they know need to be completed.

“Most counties have given in estimates to us. This is new money. It’s money that’s been agreed with Mr Brendan Howlin,” Minister Donohoe told RTE’s Morning Ireland today.

 “The process will be that the local authorities themselves will nominate the projects.”

“We have many local communities that don’t have access because the roads are flooded. When the flood waters recede the damage to the roads was such that they still won’t have access.”

Minister Donohoe said at least 30 to 40 roads are still submerged in Cavan, for example

Among the bridges and local roads in need of repairs are the roads between Avoca and Rathdrum  in Co Wicklow, and around Crosskeys in Cavan, a bridge in Stradbally and Four Masters Bridge in Leitrim, he said.

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