Over €66.5m has been allocated for the maintenance and renewal of the road network in Cork County for 2021 according to North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea.
Councillor O’Shea 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.
Just over €32m has been improved for Restoration Improvement Works with €5.3m for Restoration Maintenance. €1.8m has been approved for bridge rehabilitation works and over €900k for Safety Improvement Works.
Councillor O’Shea continued: “Maintaining our regional and local road network in Cork County is not only important for connectivity, but crucial to ensuring safety on our roads, reducing road collisions and protecting lives. Funding for the roll out of a signage programme relating to lower speed limits in housing areas as well as ‘safe passing’ signs for cyclists will also be provided for as part of today’s allocations. Routine maintenance works are fundamental to safeguarding our road infrastructure and keeping the network in a good condition.
Cllr. O’Shea added “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. I commend my colleagues Minister Eamon Ryan and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton for this critically important investment. I know it will make a huge difference to our road network in Cork County.”