17 May 2022

Lucky 13 for flood-hit roads in Laois set for a cash injection

Action demanded on 'very dangerous' flooding issue on Laois to Carlow N80 road 

Nearly half a million is to be spent in Laois in to improve the drainage on roads where flooding has destroyed surfaces and caused problems for residents and motorists.

Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Laois Offaly TD Sean Fleming welcomed what he said was an additional investment of €463,500 in the climate adaptation investment programme for regional and local roads.

More below the table of projects: 

Minister of State, Sean Fleming welcoming the funding.

“This funding will help Laois County Council to deal with the flooding to roads, bridge strengthening and repairs, embankment stability to protect roads and carry out drainage works at 13 locations throughout the county.

"This is excellent news for all these areas that have had difficulties from flooding and open drains in these locations over many years. It is great to see this funding available to allow Laois County Council  carry out improvement works in these areas in the coming months,” he said.

Minister of State and Green Party Laois Offaly senator Pippa Hackett said roads will come under more pressure.

“Climate change is likely to see an increase in the incidence of flooding, particularly in the Midlands. We need to carry out works to keep our roads passable during times of heavy rainfall. The Government has allocated €463,500 to Laois County Council for 13 projects. While these funds are very welcome and much needed, they highlight the cost of adapting to climate change. That’s why it’s vital we continue to take all possible steps to mitigate climate change, because the adaptation measures will cost us, and future generations, much more in the long term.” 

Minister Eamon Ryan T.D. and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D. have today announced details of a €17.3m climate adaptation investment programme for regional and local roads.

The Programme will aid 26 local authorities in implementing 432 road improvement projects across the country.

The types of projects approved for funding include schemes aimed at alleviating flooding to roads, bridge strengthening and repairs, embankment stability measures to protect the road and prevent slippage, altering the level of the road to mitigate flooding and reduce road closure frequency, road edge protection measures and the replacement/repair of seawalls or retaining walls which support regional and local roads.

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