Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell has today (Thursday) welcomed the allocation of over €5.3 million from the Department of Transport for toward Fingal County Council Road Maintenance Funds.
“The allocation of €5.3 million from the Department of Transport has been specifically allocated for various projects and continuous works to improve the accessibility and conditions of the roads for drivers in Dublin North.
“I welcome the €800,000 allocation for the Harry Reynolds road in Balbriggan. This will bring the road carriageway and associated footpaths up to standard, while the planned addition of a slip road at the junction will ease traffic and alleviate tailbacks on the Naul road.
“There has been €107,500 targeted towards small improvement projects such as the Pedestrian Crossing on the Drogheda Road and at St. Mologas school. The projects are essential to maintain pedestrian and access safety, particularly in and around school premises.
Commenting on the additional €4.2 million for safety improvement, restoration, discretionary grants and surface dressing allocations, Deputy Farrell added that “investment in transport infrastructure must be first and foremost about safety. Last year, The Department of Transport introduced significant legislation to improve road safety on a national level and are now investing in this as priority on a local level.
“These funds will be administered effectively by Fingal County Council who have managed to maintain and improve roads throughout 2011 despite budgetary constraints. I am pleased to note that the main street in Rush has had significant improvement since the harsh weather in 2010 caused severe damage, and the resurfacing of the Swords road was complete by the end of 2011.”