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North Tipperary Road Funding Announced

Two cutwater supports in state of collapseThe Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar has announced €100 million worth of funding for new road safety and upgrading projects at locations across Co Tipperary in 2012.

Several North Tipperary road safety projects and upgrades are to benefit under the National Road Authority’s programme of works for 2012.

The Congar/Ballylusky realignment project is included on the NRA’s programme of works. This is a 2.2 kilometre stretch of road between Ardcroney and Borrisokane and has been a major bottleneck on the N52 and the scene of numerous crashes over the years. There is no mention of the 11 year old promised Thurles Bypass, however €500,000 has been allocated to Clare County Council to allow the Shannon Crossing Project to go to An Bord Pleanála stage.

However this latest programme of works does, at last, include the long promised repair of Turtulla Bridge, Killough Bridge, Drish River Bridge and the River Suir Bridge (Barry’s Bridge).

Engineers threatened weight restrictions recently on Barry’s Bridge, in Thurles, while Turtulla Bridge was threatened with single lane and weight restrictions, way back in 2009.

Local Authorities will be advised by the NRA, during the course of the coming days, as to the exact allocation of funding for each individual project. Work is not expected to begin until at least this Summer.

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