€34m for roads – but only €10m to fix them
COUNCIL GETS ALLOCATION FOR 2011
WEXFORD County Council's Director of Road Services is 'satisfied' that its budget allocation for 2011, announced this week, will cover the damage caused to national routes during the cold snap.
However, the bulk of the €34 million funding will be used on buying land required for the New Ross and Enniscorthy bypasses.
'A total of €24m has been allocated towards Enniscorthy and New Ross bypasses which allows the land acquisition to proceed,' said Director of Road Services Adrian Doyle.
'€1.5m has been included to finalise the route selection corridor for the Oylegate to Rosslare route,' he added. The preferred route is expected to be announced by the NRA in the next few months.
Mr Doyle said that a €5.07m allocation has been made for pavement and minor improvement works.
' These include €1m for resurfacing Camolin and €800,000 for resurfacing the Quay in New Ross which were our priorities for 2011 Programme,' said Mr Doyle.
'In addition, €1.7m has been allocated towards resurfacing seven kilometres on the N30 outside New Ross. This will see the completion of a new surface on all of the N30,' said the Director of Road Services.
Mr Doyle said that the county council 'is satisfied that the allocation is sufficient to cover winter damage on national routes and the various surfacing projects will see a further improvement in the quality of the National Route network in 2011'.
However, the allocation announced this week relates to national routes only, so the council does not know yet what money it will have to spend repairing the battered regional and local roads.
A seperate allocation for these roads will be announced at a later stage.