Upwards of €2 million is to be spent on roads in the Graiguecullen/Portarlington Municipal District area in 2015.
At the recent municipal district area meeting, councillors adopted the budget for the year which had its coffers swelled by a €600,000 severe weather grant from the Department of Transport to deal with damage to roads.
A total of €820,505 is to be spent on regional and road maintenance and improvement. The largest outlay in this category will see €132,600 spent on the R430 on a 1,300 metre stretch from Newtown to Doonane. A further €107,100 is earmarked for a 1,800 metre stretch of the L7955-0 at Rathmore. A budget of €103,400 is set aside for a 1,000 meter stretch of the R429 from Coolnagh to Rosena.
A further €307,630 is to be spent on road maintenance and improvement which will involved Moore’s Cross to Mayo (R431) - €28,050; Emo Village (R422) - €92,430; Station Road (L3170 - 47) €87,400; Newtown Doonane (R430) - €99,750.
The ploughing championships will also result in an extra spend in the greater Ratheniska area with €30,000 to be spent on Timogue-Kilavally (L7835-0).
A total of €280,500 is to be spent on maintenance of local roads including pothole repair, drainage works and general maintenance duties. A public area enhancement scheme, for which there is a budget of €30,000, is also to be confirmed.
Footpaths will have €36,000 spent. A quarter of this will be spent on the Heather Hill housing estate in Graigue. At total €6,000 will be spent on public lighting for an additional light at both Portarlington Leisure Centre and Bog Road Biodiversity Park.
The municipal district chairperson, Cllr Padraig Fleming said there had been some problems with cars being broken into at the Leisure Centre and it is hoped the additional lighting will prove to be a deterrent. He said they need as many people as possible to use the centre.
A total of €30,000 is to be spent on traffic calming in a number of locations while there will also be a spend of €36,000 on road speed detection signs.
There will be a spend of €6,200 on school wardens in Graiguecullen and €14,120 on car parking/parking enforcement.
The budget set aside for the operation of street cleaning in the municipal district is €121,600.