Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2504)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

2504. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount spent to date in 2019 on the maintenance and improvement of local and regional roads. [34442/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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. Details of regional and local road grant allocations to local authorities for 2019 are outlined in the regional and local road grant allocation booklet which is available in the Oireachtas Library.

The tables included in the regional and local payment and allocation booklets outline expenditure by type of grant programme. For the Deputy's information an explanation of the purpose of the main improvement and maintenance Regional and Local Road Grant Programmes is set out below, along with a table showing spend to end June in 2019 in these grant categories:

Restoration Maintenance (RM): The purpose of the RM grant is to protect the structural integrity of the road by way of surface dressing through the sealing of the road surface. The purpose of restoration maintenance is to maintain the asset before it requires improvement.

Restoration Improvement Grant (RI): The RI grant programme is the main road strengthening programme and caters for surface restoration, pavement overlay works, complete road rehabilitation works and for drainage works where required.

Discretionary Grant (DG): Councils have discretion in spending these grants for improvement and maintenance works subject to selecting from a list of eligible works. However Councils are requested to prioritise projects which involve strengthening works, remedying road defects, winter maintenance and drainage works.

Bridge Rehabilitation (BR): This programme allows local authorities to apply for monies to undertake bridge rehabilitation works.

Safety Improvement Works (BS): This programme allows local authorities to apply for monies to undertake safety improvement works.

Community Involvement Scheme (CIS): The programme facilitates community involvement in repair and improvement of roads.

Drainage Programme: The purpose of this grant is to promote network resilience.

A pilot scheme has been implemented to provide assistance to local authorities specifically for the maintenance of Former National (FN) roads.

Specific Grant and Strategic Grants: The Department no longer seeks annual applications from local authorities in respect of the Specific (road improvement schemes costing up to €5m.) and Strategic (improvement schemes costing over €5m.) grant programmes. Instead it considers projects on a case by case basis taking into account the availability of funding and the outcome of project appraisals.

Severe Weather: Arising from a commitment made regarding flood damage to RLR in Donegal in 2017, provision is being made to meet outstanding repair costs.

Grant Category

2019 Spend to end June (€)

Restoration Improvement

34,289,605

Restoration Maintenance

3,736,545

Supplementary RM

346,743

Bridge Rehabilitation

1,033,425

Safety Improvement Works

396,697

Community Involvement Scheme

1,639,893

Discretionary Grant

38,289,506

Drainage Works

2,623,842

Former National Roads

3,226

Specific Improvement Grants

1,685,817

Strategic RLR Grants

13,677,642

Severe Weather

574,596