Wexford has been allocated almost €24m in funding to help protect and renew regional and local roads across the county in 2022.
The figure of €23,749,787 includes €4m which has been specifically earmarked for the repair and maintenance of roads impacted by the floods which wrought havoc across Wexford on Christmas Day of last year.
A further €603,000 will be used for bridge rehabilitation, €631,000 for climate change adaptation and resilience works, and €744,632 will go towards drainage works.
Announcing the funding, Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, said: “The main priority in 2022 continues to be the protection and renewal of the existing regional and local road network. Last year I introduced a climate change adaptation grant for works on roads at risk due to the impact of climate change and severe weather events. Specific provision of €4m has been made to assist Wexford County Council with road repair works arising from the flooding event that occurred in Wexford on Christmas Day.”
Among the areas to benefit from climate change adaptation works are the R730 at Ferrycarrig where the road will be raised to prevent further instances of flooding (€165,000), Rochestown, where works to address the undersized culvert will be carried out (€60,000), and Kiltra, where the sea wall will be restored at a cost of €85,000.
Bridge rehabilitation works will be carried out at the Kiltrea Bridge, Enniscorthy (€50,000), Cherryorchard Bridge, Enniscorthy (€40,000), Kiltillahan Bridge, Gorey (€45,000), and Crossabeg Bridge (€75,000), and a number of locations across the county.
“Bridge rehabilitation work is consistently required to maintain and renew an old bridge stock which is made up of approximately 80 per cent masonry arch structures,” said Minister Ryan.
Safety improvement works will be carried out at the junction at the monument, Gorey (€40,000), the Rock of Ballingly (€35,000), Mulgannon Hill (€35,000), and Limerick Junction in Kilanerin (€30,000) among others.
Minister Ryan also confirmed that a new two year work programme under the Community Involvement Scheme is starting this year with €15m being allocated to the scheme in 2022.