Councillor raises R448 works as Government give no definite confirmation on 'special funding'

'No definite confirmation but they hadn't got a negative response either...' 

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Plan for the whole road needed

A councillor has again raised "special funding" for the R448 and queried Carlow County Council's progress on their application to the Department of Transport for finances. 

Speaking at December's meeting of Bagenalstown Municipal District, Cllr Michael Doran said the resurfacing costs would be huge and asked about progress on financing from Central Government.  

At a previous meeting Cllr Doran has said the R448 (previously the N9) is - after the motorway - "probably the most used road in the county" and there needs to be plans in place to do some resurfacing works on the road. 

"If the Municipal District (of Bagenalstown) did it, all our roads budget would be gone," he added. 

Director of Services at the Council, Dan McInerney, has said that the R448 will require a "large amount of money" for resurfacing works and would be out of the scope of the local authority's multi-annual budget for road works. 

At the Bagenalstown meeting last month, senior engineer, Jerry Crowley, said the local authority have been on to the Department but have been given "no definite confirmation but they hadn't got a negative response either". 

He added that there was funding in the Council's three-year roads plan for Milford Cross but an overall plan for the whole road was needed.