Two major roads projects in Mullingar have received a boost to the tune of €4 million, as part of Government spending on regional and local roads announced this week.
The Clonmore Link Road and the Robinstown Link Road (from the Delvin Road to the Castlepollard roundabout ) are to benefit from €2 million each towards construction works. The money will help to complete the final stretch of the Clonmore Link Road, and allow for the construction of 1.4 kilometres of the Robinstown Link Road.
In total Westmeath County Council is to receive over €12 million in grants to carry out maintenance, restoration, and safety works on the county’s regional and local road network.
Of this, €366,700 has been earmarked for the provision and repair of footpaths in Mullingar.
Low cost safety improvements at Lismacaffrey Cross, Loughnavalley School, Skeagh Cross, and Strattonstown Bend will be carried out with the assistance of an allocation of €257,500.
Nationally, Government spending on regional and local roads is down by almost €200 million on last year, with the emphasis moving from major new schemes to the maintenance and rehabilitation of roads damaged by the recent adverse weather conditions.
Welcoming in particular the allocation for the Clonmore Link, Cllr Ken Glynn said the grants would contribute greatly to the county’s road network.
“I want to welcome this application, particularly the €2 million towards the Clonmore Link Road which I have worked for since entering local politics. This money will assist Westmeath County Council to complete the final stretch of the link road and make a huge difference to the road transport network in Mullingar as well as to local residents in the area,” said Cllr Glynn.
“I would also like to welcome the €366,700 for footpath improvements, which features many areas in which I have sought improvements.”