Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (565)

Pearse Doherty


565. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the proposed upgrade of the R232 Laghey to Pettigo road route; the budget allocated to date; the nature of proposed works to be carried out as part of this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47864/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, 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.

My Department has agreed to provide grant support of up to €2.1m for maintenance and renewal works on the R232 Laghey to Pettigo road on a phased basis as funding allows. As of the end of October this year €152,630 from an allocation of €500,000 at the start of this year had been drawn down by Donegal County Council for this project. While the final grant amount to be drawn down in 2019 has not been finalised as yet, my Department has been liaising with the Council with a view to facilitating progress on the works. Future allocations will be decided as part of the general grant allocation process. Allocations for 2020 will be announced in January/February next year.