Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Questions (877)

Brendan Smith

Question:

877. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding that will be provided in 2020 towards the necessary upgrading of a road (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11359/20]

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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. The initial selection and prioritisation of works is a matter for decision by the local authority.

This year I allocated €100,000 to Cavan County Council to enable the Council to continue their work in undertaking a detailed project appraisal, in line with the current requirements of the Public Spending Code and the Capital Appraisal Framework, of the Cavan to Dundalk section of the proposed east-west route.  Preparation of an appraisal is the responsibility of the Council. Following the completion of this appraisal work the possible funding of future upgrade works would be dependent on a number of matters including the outcome of the appraisal, Government policy and the availability of funding.

The details of the regional and local road grant allocations and payments to local authorities are outlined in the regional and local road grant booklets which are available in the Oireachtas Library.