Donegal County Council has been allocated a total of €34,407,556 in 2021 for works on Donegal’s regional and local roads.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue welcomed the announcement by Cabinet colleagues Ministers Ryan and Naughton today of the 2021 investment programme for regional and local roads.
This year’s allocation to Donegal County Council is an increase from 2020 and represents the third highest allocation to any county in this round of funding. The funding is part of a national package of €555m which will allow approximately 3,100kms of roads to be maintained and 2,450kms to be strengthened nationally.
Among the grants are €157,000 for Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana, €550,000 for Letterkenny’s Polestar Roundabout and Junctions, and €310,000 for the Laghey to Pettigo road.
The R263 Fintra Bridge and Road Realigment has been allocated €300,000 and €100,000 will go towards the Letterkenny Southern Relief Road.
Some €422,500 has been allocated to Donegal County Council for bridge rehabilitation works, including €100,000 for Victoria Bridge in Buncrana.
Commenting on the announcement Minister McConalogue said: “As a rural county, the continuous maintenance and renewal of Donegal’s regional and local road networks is of crucial importance to the economy of Donegal and the wellbeing of its people. I am delighted to announce an increase in 2020 funding for Donegal which will see allocations throughout the county.”
The Minister added “One of my key priorities when entering Government was to advocate for the importance of improving infrastructure in Donegal, both for the safety of the people of Donegal and to help boost the economy of Donegal. The 2021 funding allocation includes over €16m in restoration improvements and over €5m in discretionary grants along with other specific funding allocations.”