Dáil Question No: 237
To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding will be made available by his Department to co-fund, with Kildare County Council; the upgrading of a junction (details supplied) in County Kildare; if it is possible for a roundabout to be built at this junction instead; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Details: Ladytown Cross, Naas, Co. KIldare
– Anthony Lawlor.
* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 12th December, 2013.
Ref No: 53458/13 Proof: 267
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act ,1993. Works on these roads are funded from local authorities’ own resources and are supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of projects to be funded is also a matter for local authorities.
Up to now local authorities could apply for grant funding for projects such as this under the Specific Improvement Grants Scheme. However, due to the need to focus available funding on the repair and strengthening of the road network, the Specific Improvement Grants Scheme is being wound down.
It is important to reiterate that the role of Exchequer grants for regional and local roads is to supplement the resources of Councils like Kildare County Council. It is, therefore, open to the Council to fund this project from its own resources.