3330_1069341701630_8375097_nFine Gael general election candidate for Longford/Westmeath, Cllr Peter Burke, has said that funding of €106 million to repair and protect roads affected by flood damage nationwide will come as a relief to residents in the constituency.

“Badly affected roads are going to benefit from this new €106 million fund for flood damaged roads,” said Cllr Burke. “This funding allocation is in addition to the €298 million investment programme announced earlier this week, to be used for general road improvement and maintenance works on our local and regional roads.

“Recent storms have resulted in massive damage to local and secondary roads, as well as to many bridges across the country. In response the Department of the Environment and the Department of Transport have come together to contact local authorities and to assess the scale of the damage.

“Based on the responses received from local authorities this €106 million has been made available to repair roads and to improve accessibility for local residents, farmers and businesses.

“Local authorities will now provide an itemised list of projects and specific funding for each county will be allocated. Preventative works will also take place to protect key roads in the county.

“Our roads are going to improve significantly as a result of the funding to address flood damaged roads, as well as that for general maintenance.