Funding commitment for Claregalway roads ‘a step in the right direction’

Cllr James Charity has welcomed a commitment from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly the National Roads Authority ) to provide pavement funding for the national road through Claregalway village, as well as long awaited safety works at the junction adjacent to McHugh’s pub on the old N17.

Cllr Charity said a commitment to fund the works was made at a meeting with TII in Dublin earlier this month.

“The road surface through Claregalway has been in an atrocious condition for some time, and when the TII announced their allocations for 2018 in January, I was shocked to see that Claregalway had once again been omitted," he said this week. "In meeting with officials for the TII in Dublin in early March, the importance of works to the road infrastructure through Claregalway village and on to the old N18 past Claregalway National School and the corporate park entrance was stressed to them.

"I am happy to confirm that a commitment was given by the TII officials to funding for the road network in Claregalway, and although I am frustrated that it will be 2019 before we see work on the ground, it is at least a step in the right direction that the TII have finally committed to funding this project.

"The accident blackspot near McHugh’s was also discussed and the TII confirmed that they were in the process of finalising long awaited plans for this junction and works would be carried out to same in order to render it safe for motorists and residents in the locality who have long suffered and campaigned for this.”

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