Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Mairead FarrellMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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28. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the schemes available for rural roads that flood regularly and become impassable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2353/23]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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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 a matter for the Council.

As regards the schemes that are available for rural roads which flood regularly, local authorities may carry out repairs from the regional and local road general maintenance and renewal grant programmes available to them and from their own resources. In this context, it is a matter for each Council to determine and prioritise its work programme.

In addition, Councils can apply for grant assistance under the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Works grant (for schemes with a cost estimate of up to €200,000) or under the Specific Improvement Grant (for schemes with a cost estimate greater than €200,000 and less than €5m).


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