Over €1.35m is being made available to get local main roads in the South Dublin County Council area in order, according to Minister Katherine Zappone. The money from Transport Infrastructure Ireland will be used for maintenance, lighting, paving of primary and secondary roads in local communities. In addition there is funding for pavement works on the Blessington Road. Welcoming the announcement Minister Zappone said it was timely as many roads and footpaths need repairs after adverse weather.

Minister Zappone added: “A good road network with safe pavements is essential not for only for business but also to allow people in our communities go about their daily business. Many of our roads still have scars from the harsh weather of last winter and will be further damaged by recent heavy rains. Therefor this investment is timely and should be put to good use. The allocation includes: Pavement Renewals €310,000, Pavements Blessington Rd €500,000 and Maintenance & Lighting €547,000.

“It is important this funding is made available to the Council as soon as possible so that the work of the crews who keep our roads maintained and safe can be supported. Lighting and pavement work is particular important to ensure that in the event that we see a return of the very cold weather of last winter that people can visit and check in on neighbours in safety. Pot-holes on many of our main roads also need to be repaired before they cause damage to more vehicles or cause accidents. It is my hope that we will see these improvements early in the New Year.”