Twelve million euro is to be invested in Waterford’s road network.
The grants will facilitate improvement and maintenance works across the city and county, as well as safety works, bridge rehabilitation and drainage works at a number of key locations, including rehabilitation works at Rice Bridge, a safety crossing on the Carrickphierish Road and works at the Dunmore Road/ Knockboy junction.
Amongst the Safety Improvement Works to be carried out on Waterford’s roads are a crossing point outside Gaelscoil na nDéise/ Educate Together on the Carrickphierish Road; works at Mahon Bridge; works at the Dunmore Road/Knockboy Road Junction, Vincent White Road, at the junction of Dominics Place and Ozanam Street, at Five Alley Lane coming onto Ballybricken and at the Tramore Old Waterford/ Pond Road junction.
Included in the €457,500 funding allocation for bridge rehabilitation schemes are Rice Bridge in the city (€80,000); Colligan Bridge (€60,000); Pedestrian bridge at Abbeyside, Dungarvan (€40,000); Clodagh Bridge, Portlaw (€30,000); Helvic Bridge, old parish (€35,000); Russelstown Bridge, Ballymacarbry (€22,500); Stradbally Bridge (€35,000); and Durrow Bridge (€35,000).
A Specific Improvement Grant of €150,000 has been allocated for works at the junction of the R665 with the R671, outside Clonmel.
Nationally, today’s announcement will allow approximately 2,300kms of regional and local roads to be maintained and 2,100kms to be strengthened this year.
Waterford Minister of State John Halligan said a significant number of the works have a safety focus, targeting locations where collisions have taken place. Funding has also been allocated to Waterford City & County Council to further progress the implementation of 30km/h speed limits in local housing estates.
“Investment in maintenance and renewal will see an increase of about 18% in 2018 across the country”, Minister Halligan noted. “Roads that are well-maintained lead to less costs for vehicle repair, a reduction in journey times and, crucially, they are safer for us all to travel on.”