Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath Gabrielle McFadden has welcomed the news that €8.3 million has been granted to counties Longford and Westmeath for improvement and maintenance works on roads.
Through this allocation, Westmeath County Council will be assigned a little more than €5 million for road improvements and €584,316 for road maintenance.
“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,” Deputy McFadden said.
“This funding is part of an allocation of almost €160 million from Transport Infrastructure Ireland. 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.”