Galway is to receive €1.2m of a €17.3m climate adaptation investment programme for regional and local roads.
Speaking about the investment programme announcement Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said that she “welcomes the investment in our local roads network. Making our roads safer for users is paramount” She went on to say “due to climate change flooding has become more prevalent so I welcome the investment in future proofing our roads against severe weather”.
The Programme will aid 26 local authorities in implementing 432 road improvement projects across the country while building on the support provided under the 2020 July Stimulus Plan.
The types of projects approved for funding include schemes aimed at alleviating flooding to roads, bridge strengthening and repairs, embankment stability measures to protect the road and prevent slippage, altering the level of the road to mitigate flooding and reduce road closure frequency, road edge protection measures and the replacement/repair of seawalls or retaining walls which support regional and local roads.
Among the projects are:
Road Number Scheme Title Scheme Description LA Allocation
- Owenbristy Road Raising Raise 315m of road by average of 800mm €120,000
- Cahermore Channel 430m flood relief channel providing benefit to adjacent roads €20,000
- South Galway Roads Raising Projects
7 road raising schemes (2020m total) identified under the joint GCC / OPW South
Galway FRS. Requires design & land acquisition in advance of road raising works. €50,000
- Carheenlea, Turloughmore – Groundwater Flooding Remediation Measures
Design and install drainage system to divert excessive groundwater flooding
(turlough overflow) away from public road and surrounding area where houses are
at risk of flooding €50,000
- Menlough Village – Install new surface drain storm water collection system on road (50m) with pipeline through lands (200m) to outfall open drain. Allow for repair of damage to
adjoining footway & parking area in front of Communuity Hall due to persisent
- Earls Park /Grange Road Raising Localised Flooding adjacent to an SAC/SPA. Preliminary Design and AA Screening completed in 2020.Funding sought in 2021 for Topograhical Survey, Hydrological Survey, NIS and Detailed Design. Construction in 2022. €35,000
- R-328 Gorteen Cross Flooding of Local Regional Road €40,000
- Cloonacauneen, Claregalway – Drainage works to mitigare severe and frequent road flooding
Design and install surface water drainage system to divert excessive rainwaters
away from public road and surrounding houses at risk of flooding €15,000
- Deerpark, Oranmore – Drainage works to mitigate severe and frequent road flooding
Design and install drainage system to divert excessive floodwaters away from the
public road and surrounding businesses €75,000
- Tumnasrah Road Raise Road level to mitigate flooding €25,000
- Killine, Newbridge Install new surface drain storm water collection system on road & verge (200m) with outfall open drain. €35,000
- Liscune, Ballymacward Install new surface drain storm water collection system on road (50m) with pipeline through lands (300m) to outfall open drain. Allow for raising & full
resufacing of section of roadway €65,000
Commenting on today’s announcement Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D., said:
“This funding will support local authorities across the country deal with the challenges of climate change and severe weather events. The upkeep of our road network is crucial in ensuring that our public transport, cyclists, walkers, car users can travel safely around the country.”