Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (517)

Pat the Cope Gallagher


517. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of the expenditure on Fintra Bridge on the R263, County Donegal in 2018; the way in which the grant of €150,000 was spent in 2018; if the entire grant approved was drawn down; the way in which the grant of €150,000 for 2019 is to be spent on the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16032/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

The grant allocated for Fintra bridge in 2018 allowed for the appointment of consultants and the preparation of a preliminary project appraisal.  A total of €35,572 was drawn down.

The 2019 grant allocation for Fintra bridge will allow a detailed project appraisal to be undertaken including the examination of alternative route options.