Fine Gael Waterford Minister Paudie Coffey has today (Tuesday) welcomed the news that €9.2 million has been allocated to Waterford for road improvement and maintenance works. The funding is part of a €298 million national investment programme for 2016 for regional and local roads.
“Waterford is getting a real boost from this significant investment of €9.7 million in our local and regional roads. The announcement of this funding allocation today by my colleague Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, allows Waterford City and County Council to plan its work programme for the year.
“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.
I hope the Council will use this money to invest in critical local roads and essential road maintenance projects across Waterford City and County Council in 2016
“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.”