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.
As the Deputy is aware, the NDP 2018-2027 identifies a programme of regional and local road improvement projects to be progressed with grant support and the Killaloe Bypass, Shannon Bridge Crossing and the R494 improvement scheme is one of those projects.
The scheme is at preparatory works and design stage at present. Implementation of the programme of projects in the NDP is on a phased basis and progression of each project is subject to the profile of annual capital allocations available to the Department. In this context a construction timeframe for the main scheme has not been decided as yet.