Regional and local roads in County Kildare are set to be improved as a result of a much-needed funding boost, according to Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon.
Minister Heydon outlined that funding of €23.16m which has been allocated to Kildare County Council for the protection and renewal of our existing regional and local road network will be of huge benefit to many areas of County Kildare.
“This funding will be very welcome for the upgrade and maintenance of many of our local roads as well as bridge rehabilitation works and safety improvement works at a number of dangerous cross roads in Kildare.
“In addition to these projects I continue to work closely with officials on progressing the much needed second bridge for Newbridge which was granted planning permission last year as well as securing significant funding for the upgrade of the main streets and footpaths in Athy.
“A total of €658 million will be invested in roads around the country this year. This represents an increase of €32m for road pavement and rehabilitation works. This funding will help to maintain approximately 2,640km of regional and local roads and strengthen a further 2,160km. It will improve the quality of the road network nationally” Minister Heydon said.
“An important part of this allocation is the climate change adaptation grant, which will help future proof our roads. There is now more support available for drainage works, flood protection, severe weather works and salt purchase so that we can be better prepare ourselves for the whatever weather conditions this year brings. Other features of this year’s investment programme include road pavement strengthening works, preventative surface dressing work, bridge rehabilitation works, signage and safety improvement works.
“Fine Gael is always working toward safer streets and stronger communities. Engineering solutions are essential in reducing road deaths as well as instances of serious injury. We want to create a safer transport environment for all.
“I look forward to Kildare County Council utilising this funding to the maximum benefit for Kildare’s road users and pedestrians” concluded Minister Heydon.