Over 20 million euro has been allocated to Donegal for road improvement and maintenance works.
The funding is part of a €298 million national investment programme for 2016 for regional and local roads.
The projects include two million euro for Cockhill Bridge, funding for which was announced last year and 500,000 euro for Mulantiboyle Bridge.
Also included are Bridge Rehabilitation Works on Regional and Local Roads, with a €42,500 investment Carndoagh bridge; €15,000 for Cloghan more bridge; €57,500 for Scallan bridge; €15,000 for Sruhanacullion bridge; €42,00 0 for Cloghfinn bridge and €28,000 for Kilcar church bridge.
Allocations for safety improvement works on regional and local roads include €30,000 for Clar, Redcastle; €30,000 for Chapael Road, St.Johnston; €15,000 for Gortyarrin, Linsford; €25,000 for Muckish Road; €15,000 for bends at Glenswilley School; €25,000 for Annagry Village; €30,000 for Milford to Portleen; €20,000 for Donegal Road, Killybegs and €25,000 has been allocated to Drumboe, Stranorlar.
The news was welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh, who said~: “Donegal is getting a real boost from this significant investment of €20,080,318 in our local and regional roads. The announcement of this funding allocation today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, allows Donegal County Council to plan its work programme for the year.”
He added: The funding package will allow approximately 2,000 kilometres of regional and local roads to be maintained nationally and close to 2,000 kilometres strengthened this year.It is thanks to our recovering economy that we can make these kinds of investments in our road network which is a hugely important. It is good for tourism, increases efficiencies for businesses and benefits the local people who use the roads on a daily basis.
“Fine Gael has a long term economic plan designed to keep the recovery going which will ensure we can continue to make these kinds of investments. The plan has three steps: more and better jobs, making work pay more than welfare, and investment in better public services, which will only be possible as a result of the increased revenue generated by creating more jobs. This plan will ensure that more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives.”