More than €4.5 million in funding has been allocated for surface works and strengthening of the N84 Headford Road, an investment a local councillor has called both "significant" and "long overdue".
The allocation of €4,505,808 has been made by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and will deal mostly with the surfaces between Corrandulla Barracks and Clonboo; Castlequarter to Corrandulla; Coarsefield; and along the stretch into Ballindooley including the northern approach to Ballindooley and the southern approach to Clonboo in the opposite direction.
Independent city councillor James Charity has welcomed the funding, saying it is timely as traffic volume, particularly from Clonboo into Galway city has "significantly increased in recent times". The Oranmore-Athenry ward councillor has raised concerns about the state of the road surface, pointing out in particular, the area from Luimnagh to Ballindooley on the outskirts of Galway.
It is also understood that the Minister For Transport Shane Ross has referred the road to the TII for further examination and consideration. Cllr Charity said the installation of a hard shoulder should be considered as part of any future measures undertaken.