Despite welcoming an allocation of €500,000 for Waterford Council to fix storm-damaged roads, Senator Paudie Coffey has called for additional funding to address a number of routes.
The Waterford Fine Gael General Election candidate said the funding was badly needed to repair rural roads that suffered significant damage as a result of severe weather incidents over the past 12 months.
Senator Coffey said: “Extreme weather events over the last year, such as Storm Eleanor, Storm Emma, flooding incidents and the summer drought have had a major impact on the regional and local road network."
“These events combined with the extended period of reduced funding for road maintenance following the economic downturn have left the road network much more vulnerable to damage."
“I know this funding will greatly assist in the repairs and ensure our road network in Waterford is of the highest standard,” he added."
Senator Coffey also this week called for upgrade works to be carried on roads linking Waterford with other counties.
Addressing a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Rural Affairs, Senator Coffey said there was a clear need for investment into the Waterford-Cork road.
He told Principal Adviser Roads in the Department of Transport, Dominic Mullaney: “I note your comments with regard to ‘Ireland 2040’. The regional cities identified in that for growth, one of those is the area I come from, Waterford. The access to Waterford from other cities, the only good one is to Dublin. The N25 to Cork is dilapidated, there’s roadworks forever going on at Castlemartyr.”
Senator Coffey also called for improvements to be made to the Waterford-Limerick road, describing it as “one of the worst national routes in the country.”
In response, Dominic Mullaney, said both roads were currently being appraised under the new National Development Plan.