€10.65m is allocated for Fingal road improvements

by Gazette Reporter
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A total of €10.65 million has been allocated to roads across Fingal this week, which will see significant improvements made to local road projects and maintenance plans.
Two separate funding allocations were announced in the last week, with the Department of Transport providing over €5 million as part of the 2013 Regional and Local Roads Allocation, while the National Roads Authority (NRA) allocated just over €5.5 million to the local roads earlier in the week.
While the funding from the Department of Transport will be directed for the safety and restoration of roads in Fingal, the majority of the funding from the NRA will go towards efforts to widen the road between Drynam and Lissenhall in Swords.
The news was welcomed by a number of local representatives who agreed that the newly-allocated funding will help reduce commuting time and traffic congestion across the area.
“This is good news for Fingal, and [the Department funding] comes on the back of the announcement of €5m to widen the M1 from Drynam to Lissenhall in Swords, a noted bottleneck for thousands of north county commuters,” said Labour Party TD Brendan Ryan.
“The Government and Fingal County Council have done great work in difficult economic times in order to continually improve our road systems.”
Funding from the Department of €750,000 will be spent on improving the Naul Road in Balbriggan, while approximately €50,000 will be allocated for work on the Gerrardstown Bridge on the R108.
“Of this funding, €3,272,186 is allocated for other improvements and safety measures [across Fingal]. In addition, low-cost safety improvements will take place at [locations including] the Martello Tower in Malahide, Loughshinny Cross Roads, the Whitestown Road and Healy’s Lane junction in Rush, among other areas,” Deputy Ryan continued.
According to Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell the funding from the NRA to projects in Fingal will not only reduce traffic congestion in the area but will increase safety for drivers in the Dublin North area. Of the €5.5 million allocated by the NRA, almost €600,000 will go towards other maintenance projects on Fingal roads.
“This project will reduce traffic congestion, particularly at peak hours, meaning reduced commuter times between this part of Swords and the city centre. Facilities for cyclists and pedestrians will also be improved,” Deputy Farrell explained.
“The allocation will greatly improve driving conditions in Swords and Malahide by increasing capacity for the growing number of commuters that travel on this road to and from work each day.
“Road safety is an important priority for this Government and funding for these schemes will ensure that roads, bridges and footpaths remain at a satisfactory standard of safety for commuters and pedestrians in Fingal.”

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