From The East Cork Journal.
2019 funding represents a 14.5% increase on 2018 allocation
Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice & Equality, David Stanton, has welcomed confirmation that Cork County Council will receive a 14.5% increase in their roads budget this year. The Department of Transport has allocated €50.5 million in 2019 for local and regional road works compared to €44.1 million for 2018.
Speaking upon confirmation of the budget, Minister Stanton said: “The Government is determined to support the continued growth in the economy in the years to come by maintaining and renewing existing infrastructure. This is reflected in a 16% year on year increase in the Department of Transport’s roads budget to €483 million.
“I was very happy to learn that regional and local roads in Cork County are to receive a further funding increase this year with the roads budget rising to almost €50.5 million. This funding represents 10.5% of the total national roads budget for 2019 and will assist in the essential maintenance and improvement of the road networks in Cork East which have been impacted by recent extreme weather events and reduced funding in the aftermath of the economic downturn.
“The funding announcement also includes allocations for smaller scale local projects such as the Community Involvement Scheme, Safety Improvements, Bridge Rehabilitation and Drainage Works. Over €1.7 million has been assigned to Cork County Council for Bridge Rehabilitation Works from a total national budget of €11 million, while €2.6 million has been designated for drainage works. €859,559 is being made available under the Community Involvement Scheme from a national budget of €15 million and a further €692,000 has been ring-fenced for Safety Improvement works.
“These grants are complimentary to the €10.5 million allocated under the Local Improvement Scheme, from the Department of Rural, Community and Gaeltacht, in the last year, and are aimed at improving road safety of the local road network”, concluded Minister Stanton.