Sligo County Council To Receive Its Largest Annual Roads Funding
Sligo County Council will receive an allocation of €17,661,027 for its Roads programme in 2018, which represents the largest ever annual allocation received by this Council from Transport Infrastructure Ireland /National Roads Authority. It compares with an allocation of €9,589,739 for 2017.
News of the funding was welcomed by the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Seamus Kilgannon ‘This major investment in our national roads programme will enable us to progress a number of important projects. The upgrading of our transport infrastructure is hugely significant for Sligo and the Northwest, particularly in terms of enterprise and tourism.’
Sligo County Council’s Director of Services Tom Kilfeather said: The 2018 allocation from the TII represents a huge investment in Sligo. Most importantly we will see further progress on bringing the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin scheme closer to construction.’
The allocation for 2018 will allow the following projects to progress:
N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Road Development Project €3,000,000
The 2018 allocation is down on 2017, as the 2017 budget included a significant allocation for land purchase. The 2018 allocation will enable the Council to complete the documentation required for the Tender process for the Main Contractor.
N17 Tubbercurry to Collooney €25,000
For The first time in a number of years we have received an allocation in respect of the N17. This reflects the continued engagement by SCC Management with TII on the N17 Schemes which have been suspended for a number of years. While the allocation is modest and will only allow us carry out a limited review of existing documentation the fact that the Scheme is once more on the TII Agenda is very welcome and a very significant development.
N4/N15 Urban Improvement €470,000
Following on from the N4 Hughes Bridge Widening Scheme this is the next section being developed commencing at the northern end of the Hughes Bridge Widening Scheme and finishing north of the Rosses Point junction. It will include upgrading the National primary to north of the Rosses Point junction, along with upgrading the Rosses point , Duck Street and Markievicz Road Junctions. The Copper River Bridge will also be upgraded as part of the works. We will be ready to go to Tender for construction of this Scheme in mid-2018.
N16 Lugatober to Gortnagrelly €170,000
The N16 in County Sligo is substandard from Sligo City to the Leitrim Border. A Preferred Route for the N16 in County Sligo was selected in 2017. This will enable the N16 to be upgraded on a phased basis over a number of years. The first section proposed to be upgraded is a 2.5km length in the vicinity of Lugatober. This scheme will realign several severe bends on the existing road and will tie-in with future realignments. The design, environmental assessments and Statutory Process will be advanced in 2018, with a view to having the Scheme ready to go to construction in mid-2019.
N59 Corhawnagh to Crockacullion €120,000
Sligo County Council is currently planning an upgrade of approx. 4km the N59 National Secondary Route between the townlands of Corhawnagh and Crockacullion, to the west of Ballisodare. The Scheme will remove a number of substantially deficient bends on this section of the route and in so doing, will improve aspects such as safety, sight distance, cross sectional width and drainage. The allocation in 2018 will enable the advancement of the planning and design of this Scheme.
Pavement Improvements €12,224,000
We have received a very significant allocation to carry out works across the network in 2018 . Schemes are programmed for the N15, N16, N17 and the N59. We had no significant schemes in 2017 so this Programme will represent a huge investment in the National Primary and National secondary Road network in Sligo.
Maintenance Costs € 480,000
Maintenance Costs Provisions ( excluding lighting) in respect of the National Primary road network for 2018 are down by 152,000 approx on 2017 figures which reflects information that was in public domain in recent weeks.
This reduction is of some concern if it becomes the pattern for future years but it would be unfair not to recognise that the huge Pavement improvement Programme for 2018 more than compensates for monies that would normally be spent on maintenance works on our network.
Sligo County Council
21st December 2017