24% Increase in Funding for Kerry Local & Regional Roads for 2018

24% Increase in Funding for Kerry Local & Regional Roads for 2018

Almost ■19M for Kerry in 2018, Up from ■15M

– ■1.8 M for Dingle Relief Road Phase 4
– ■750,000 for Tralee to Fenit Realignment
– Major Increase in Maintenance Budget

Monday, Jan. 29th, 2018

KERRY Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, today announced a 24% increase in funding available to Kerry local and regional roads for 2018.

Announcing ■18,931,676 in funding for the county, Minister Griffin said that the 2018 allocation sees over three and a half million euro extra coming to Kerry, with vital projects like the Dingle Relief Road and the Tralee to Fenit realignment receiving substantial funding.

He said:

“This is great news for Kerry. Our roads badly need additional funding and I am glad to be able to announce today that our funding for 2018 is up almost a quarter and is way ahead of where it was only a few short years ago.

“In particular, I am delighted with the ■1.8 million for the final phase of the Dingle Relief Road.
This is a crucially important development for Dingle and West Kerry, as it will alleviate traffic congestion, free up access to land for much needed housing and provide badly needed additional parking spaces for Dingle.

“Cllr. Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald and I worked tirelessly together to initially ensure that this project was included in the National Capital Plan, and subsequently to secure this funding to build the new road.

“Also of note is the ■750,000 included for Phase 1 of the Tralee-Fenit realignment project, which will be a positive development for companies using Fenit port, such as Liebherr, a huge employer in Kerry.
Also, ■200,000 is being provided for advance works on the Tralee Northern Relief Road in 2018, which will link the Tralee bypass with the Tralee-Fenit Road. I announced last week that ■11 million has now been provided for in the revised National Capital Plan to build this road between here and 2022 and this ■200,000 is the first tranche of this funding.

“All of my Fine Gael colleagues on Kerry County Council have been in contact with me seeking extra roads funding and I am glad that we are able to deliver this increase. I am most grateful to my ministerial colleague in this Department, Shane Ross, for his efforts to secure additional roads funding and know that Kerry County Council will do their best to ensure that it is utilised as best as possible.”

ENDS

Further info from Brendan on 0858892939

Minister Brendan Griffin and Cllr. Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald at the start point of Phase 4 of the Dingle Relief Road announcing the €1.8 million grant.

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