Government funding of more than €1.1 million has been approved for road improvement measures at 38 locations in County Mayo under the Climate Adaptation Investment Programme.
The works supported by the programme include flood alleviation measures, bridge repairs, road-edge protection works, and the replacement of sea walls or retaining walls that support roads.
The allocations were announced by local Fine Gael TD, Minister Hildegarde Naughton who said that the improvement works carried out under the scheme would result in safer roads and make road transport more resilient to severe weather events.
€400,000 of the total allocation has been dedicated towards the Bunduaile sea wall scheme in Belmullet where there has been regular overtopping of waves during storms and a severe impact on the R313 road.
€161,000 has also been allocated to remedy flooding at Garretts Road in Crossmolina while €76,000 is available for works to contain surge flooding in Garryduff, Castlebar.
Other projects that will be undertaken include repairs to flood damage at Cahernagollum, The Neale, as well as works to raise the level of the road, for which €20,900 has been set aside.
Almost €74,000 has been allocated to raise the level of roads at two locations in Ballynalty, Shrule, where drainage works will also be carried out. Drainage works will also take place to relieve flooding in Hollymount.
“The grants being provided today will help local authorities make our roads more resilient against severe weather, which in turn will go a long way towards ensuring that our local and regional roads are safer for all,” said Minister Naughton.
“People living in these areas will be familiar with many of the locations and the need for remedial action to be taken in order to ensure the safety of road users. I’m happy to be able to address this need,” she added.