Almost €19 million has been allowed to Mayo County Council in roads funding under the National Roads Allocation 2011.
Under the scheme the N5 Westport to Bohola road has been allocated €1.9 million and almost €200,000 has been sanctioned for the N5 Charlestown Bypass.
A further €2.7 million has been sanctioned for National Primary pavement and minor works while €255,000 will go towards the provision of safety measures. These will include improvement works to National Primary routes adversely affected by recent weather damage. This includes the Castlebar-Ballyvary Road (€850,000 ), Charlestown-Kilkelly Road (€750,000 ), Ballina-Foxford Road (€630,000 ) and Foxford-Swinford Road (€511,000 ).
A total of €14 million has been allocated to the county’s National Secondary routes. €9.2 million has been allocated for National Secondary pavement and minor works; €2.6 million has been sanctioned for a major scheme from Westport to Mulranny (N59 ) and €106,000 has been sanctioned for National Secondary safety works.
Among the National Secondary routes chosen for rehabilitation and minor works are Castlebar-Claremorris Road at Manulla Cross (€1.2 million ); N60 Claremorris-Ballyhaunis Road at Hollywell Upper (€800,000 ); N59 Newport-Mulranny Road (€800,000 ); Castlebar-Balla Realignment Scheme (€720,000 ); N59 Mulranny-Bangor Road (€730,000 ); Ballina-Sligo Boundary at Dooyeaghny (€500,000 ); Bellacorrick-Crossmolina Road at Moneyniem (€460,000 ); and N59 Bangor Erris-Bellacorrick at Briska (€430,000 ).
Minister of State Dara Calleary has welcomed the funding: “This is a significant investment in the future of Mayo’s roads and once again shows this Government’s commitment to progressing projects that will enhance quality of life for people, connect communities and underpin our prosperity. The funding allocated for 2011 will allow for more new and better roads that will help road-users go about their daily lives in a more efficient way. Better roads also facilitate greater competitiveness. Business can do business in a more effective way,” he said.