To ask the Minister for Transport if he will take action to eliminate roadside verge erosion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Bernard J. Durkan.
For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 6th March, 2008.
Ref No: 9993/08
Answered by the Minister for Transport (Noel Dempsey TD)
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme element of Transport 21. As the Deputy is aware, the implementation of individual national road projects including the matter referred to by the Deputy is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Act, 1993 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in their area is a matter for individual road authorities to be funded from their own resources supplemented by State road grants provided by my Department. In 2008, a total of €618.714 million has been allocated to local authorities for works on those roads. This includes a sum of €310 million allocated under the Pavement Restoration Programme to be applied towards road reconstruction, road pavement improvements and restoration maintenance works.