Bridging finance: €17m funding for vital road works in Kilkenny
Improvement works to three bridges in county Kilkenny and the upgrade of a busy street in the city are among local projects that have been allocated almost €17 million.
A total of €16.795 million has been set aside for road maintenance and improvement of the road network in cit and county. It will also fund significant works Kells Bridge, Listerlin Bridge and Ballyconway Bridge.
The allocation of funding was confirmed by local Fine Gael Deputy John Paul Phelan. The Ferrybank-based TD said: “This funding will cover routine maintenance to safeguard our infrastructure, ensure that our roads are resilient against the deteriorating effects of climate change and also contains provisions for walking and cycling infrastructure and safety schemes.
“Routine maintenance works are fundamental to safeguarding our road infrastructure and keeping the network in a good condition
“All strategic road improvement investment schemes will include provisions for walking and cycling infrastructure to take account of the needs of all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians,” Deputy Phelan (pictured below) added.
Among some of the stand-out works are €75,000 for Kells Bridge, €20,000 each for works at Listerlin Bridge in Tulllogher and Ballyconway Bridge in Knocktoper, €70,000 for works at College Road/New Street in Kilkenny city and €30,000 for traffic calming in housing estates.
The funding includes more than €10.7 million for road maintenance and improvements.