Transport Infrastructure Ireland has approved road safety schemes to a value of over €136m.
Transport Minister, Shane Ross committed: “I committed to providing funding for road safety programmes and I am very happy to be able to confirm that a significant number of safety schemes across country are going ahead. Although road traffic collisions occur for a variety of reasons, the condition of our roads is an important factor in preventing crashes and saving lives. I would like to stress that I am dedicated to improving road safety for all of our citizens in whatever way possible, whether through legislation, education or road maintenance and therefore I am delighted to see TII making this funding commitment to safety improvements across the country.”
Minister Ross added; “I am also happy that TII have confirmed they are moving ahead with other major projects included in the Capital Plan.” The Minister noted that funding has also been confirmed to allow the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue scheme to progress to statutory approval. This scheme is 35 km in length and involves the upgrade of the N5 National Primary route in Roscommon.
Additionally, TII has indicated to the Minister that the 15km N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin scheme with an overall investment value of €105 million would now commence construction in 2018.
Michael Nolan CEO TII said: “Today’s approval for funding by the Board allows TII to work with our local authority partners in delivering projects that will improve road user safety across our national road network. It is also another important step forward in the National Road Safety Strategy.”
The Building on Recovery Capital Plan includes provision for a rolling programme of improvements on the N56. Minister Ross noted that further progress will be made on this programme next year when upgrades on the sections from Kilkenny to Letterilly and Mountcharles to Drumbeigh will proceed.
As well as the schemes included in Building on Recovery, the Capital Plan Review has resulted in a significantly enhanced capital investment programme in the transport sector, including a number of additional road projects. One of these projects is the 4.5 km N52 Ardee Bypass and TII will now be allocating funding to allow construction to start in 2018.
List of the national road realignment schemes announced
N2 Monaghan to Emyvale Phase 3, County Monaghan
N52 Ardee Bypass, County Louth
N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan, County Donegal
N56 Kilkenny to Letterilly, County Donegal
N56 Mountcharles to Drumbeigh, County Donegal
N59 Westport to Mulranny Section 2 Kilmeena, County Mayo
N61 Coolteige, County Roscommon
N67 Ballindereen to Kinvara, County Galway
N70 Kilderry Bends, County Kerry
N80 Maidenhead, County Laois
N81 Knockroe Bends, County Wicklow