Town expansion on hold as road funding pulled
on 11/09/2013 00:00:00
The council can't afford the €7.5m needed to build the road, which is vital to relieve congestion in one of Ireland's largest commuter towns and to open up further land for commercial development.
Hopes of getting money for the road were dashed when the Government announced it would be axing strategic roads grants at the end of this year.
The council had received €600,000 for some preliminary works minimising disruption to residents who live adjacent to the proposed new road.
According to county engineer David Keane, the Department of Transport is committing a further €1m to the project. This money will be primarily used to acquire the land.
However, Mr Keane said the department was not at this point committed to providing the construction costs, which he estimates will be about €7.5m.
Acting county manager Declan Daly said the council hadn't given up hope on the project, even though it had not secured a commitment for the necessary funding.
Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) said he was concerned there was now no timeline on the project. He said the inner western relief road would make a huge difference to the town.
Cllr Tim Lombard agreed, saying: "It would open up Carrigaline for a second main street as well as helping traffic. It would aid further development in the town."
He said the council should engage with relevant government ministers in the hope of getting the project back on track.