A FOUR-YEAR plan of restoration and maintenance of the county’s smaller roads has been approved by Kilkenny County Council.
The proposed schedule of restoration improvement grants for non-national roads for 2012-16 was agreed at the council’s December meeting and is now being submitted to the National Roads Authority and the Department of Transport.
It is the fifth such programme since the scheme began in 1996, coming to an estimated total of €100 million in the county in that 16-year period, according to the council.
“A report released in June 2012 shows that our regional road network is in very good condition compared to other local authority areas. The county’s local primary and secondary network is generally in a satisfactory condition but class 3 local roads require ongoing reconstruction, improvement and maintenance,” according to the council.
“The purpose of the next four-year road programme is to ensure that non-national roads are maintained to a satisfactory level, having regard to value-for-money considerations and recorded pre-existing conditions of the road network.”