Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (554)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

554. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the new bridge at Ballina-Killaloe; the stage at which the project is at; the projected dates for completion; the funds granted and ring-fenced for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25289/19]

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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 Shannon Bridge Crossing at Killaloe is one element of the proposed Shannon Crossing/Killaloe Bypass/R494 upgrade scheme. Clare County Council is responsible for implementation of the scheme which is at planning and design stage. An updated Business Case for the scheme is in the process of being finalised as required in the Public Spending Code and my Department's Capital Appraisal Framework.

Funding for the scheme, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023, is being provided from the overall Project Ireland 2040 capital envelope for regional and local road improvement projects.