Thursday 17 January 2019

€3.5m boost for Kanturk-Mallow region

Maria Herlihy

Between now and the end of the year, €3.5 million will be spent on roads and bridges and maintenance works in Cork.

The funding for the Kanturk Mallow municipal District also includes drainage works. The funding of €3.5 million has allowed for an 25 per cent increase in the overall budget compared to 2017 for Cork. 

There will also be eight bridges in North Cork which will have works undertaken which include Spa bridge, Lisgriffin at a cost of €75,00; Rock Road, Kiskeam €75,000; Marybrook bridge in Castlemagner €40,00; Longfields Embankment €40,000; Ballindillanig bridge in Churchtown €63,445; Garraunawarrig lower bridge €30,775; Imphrick bridge in Churchtown €51,045; and Edgont bridge, also in Churchtown, €66,700. 

Welcoming the funding, Cllr John Paul O'Shea (Fine Gael) said the funding will be of "particular benefit" to the roads in the Kanturk Mallow area. 

He said: "Local authorities like Cork County Council are best-placed to assess priorities within their own areas and I welcome Minister Ross' statement that considerable autonomy has now been given to Cork County Council under the specific grant headings to decide their own specific work programmes." 

Under the category Restoration and Maintenance Programme, funding of €1,000,798 has been allocated for 34 roads in the region. 

Maintenance will be undertaken in 34 locations, with the bulk of works occurring throughout Newmarket, Millstreet and Mallow townlands. 

The roads restoration improvement grants works has a budget of €2,897,994 which has been earmarked for 24 locations. Roads in Duhallow which will see works include Boherbue to the graveyard, and Tado's Cross in Rockchapel, along with Cloughboula in Millstreet.