Laois is to get almost a quarter of a million euros to upgrade 14 minor roads including those in housing estates.
The Department of Transport have granted the cash for the pilot Community Involvement Scheme.
Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan welcomes the announcement made last week.
“This pilot scheme will see direct community input into necessary road maintenance projects through the provision of labour, machinery or additional funding. It gives the authority to local communities to prioritise road maintenance and improvement projects.
The department has given 80 per cent of the cost of the roadworks, and communities will make up the remaining cost by providing labour, machinery or other forms of benefit.
“Given the difficult economic climate, the council has a limited roads budget. The priority tends to be on maintaining the main roads. The CIS gives the power to local communities to identify lesser trafficked roads that need to be repaired. This is a prime example of how this government is achieving more with less by introducing innovative ways of getting the country back on its feet.” said Deputy Flanagan.