Tuesday, 5 July 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
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 Councils' 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 provides grant assistance to local authorities for regional and local roads under a number of different grant programmes. Under the Discretionary Grant, Councils have the discretion to use grant funding for safety improvement works, including the provision of safety barriers. Local authorities can also apply for the provision of safety barriers under my Department's annual Safety Improvement grant programme.
Guidance on the provision of safety barriers is given in Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.