The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the Council.
Under Project Ireland 2040 my Department is committed, subject to necessary approvals, to providing grant funding towards the cost of 12 significant capital road improvement schemes on non national roads and the upgrade of the Coonagh to Knockalisheen road is one of these schemes. Implementation of the scheme, including management of the total scheme budget, is the responsibility of Limerick City and County Council.
As regards grant expenditure to date on the scheme, the Regional and Local Road payment booklets available in the Oireachtas library provide details of grant payments made by my Department to the end of 2018. In 2019 grant funding of €1,675,744 was paid out to end of June 2019.
The total estimated cost of this scheme is approximately €52 million. Advance works related to the scheme have been completed and the main scheme is at tender documentation preparation stage with completion estimated to be 2023. I would point out that cost estimates for the Project Ireland 2040 road improvement schemes are reviewed at project development milestones and, allowing for cost inflation and project implementation risks, can be subject to change.