Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Road Projects Status
531. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of a road project (details supplied) in County Kildare; and the efforts being made to complete the project on time. [9156/19]
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993. Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants.
Project Ireland 2040 identifies a programme of regional and local road improvement projects to be progressed with grant support and the Athy Southern Distributor Road is one of those projects. Implementation of the programme of projects is on a phased basis and progression of each project is subject to the profile of annual capital allocations available to the Department.
Implementation of the Athy scheme is the responsibility of Kildare County Council. To date grant funding of €6.72 million has been allocated to the Council for this project including €3m in 2019. This year's funding is to continue to advance the design, land acquisition and advance works for the project.