€8.3m allocated for the maintenance of roads in Longford and Westmeath – McFadden

-   Gabrielle McFadden TD

Fine Gael TD for Longford/ Westmeath Gabrielle McFadden has today (Tuesday) welcomed the news that €8.3 million has been granted to counties Longford and Westmeath for improvement and maintenance works on roads.

“I am delighted at the news that €8.3 million has been granted to counties Longford and Westmeath for improvement and maintenance works on roads in the two counties.

“Westmeath County Council will be allocated €5,120,258 for road improvements and €584,316 for road main for road maintenance. Longford County Council will be allocated €2,150,389 for road improvements and €492,799 for road maintenance.

“This funding is part of an allocation of almost €160 million from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). Nationally, €139.7 million of this will go towards road improvement works, while €20.2 million will go towards essential road maintenance.

“According to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, this funding announced today represents a base allocation for local authorities that will be supplemented during the year in respect of certain maintenance works, pavement works and safety schemes.

“Fine Gael has a plan to keep the economic recovery going and ensure that we continue to have more resources to invest in better services and infrastructure like roads. The Government’s capital Investment Plan 2016-2022, allocates €6 billion for transport, which includes €4.4 billion, for the maintenance and renewal of the road network.

“It is hugely important we invest in our road network, particularly as the economic recovery continues. In our export led economy, a well maintained road network is crucial to businesses across the country. It is also integral to helping us continue attracting investment in this country, as well as for tourism.”

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