The poor surface of the Clonakilty Bypass. Pic: West Cork Times

LONG awaited upgrade works for Clonakilty’s crumbling bypass road have finally been given the go-ahead by the National Roads Authority (NRA).

Because the road is part of the N71 national route, responsibility for the maintenance of the road rests with the NRA who have come in for much criticism locally for allowing the road to deteriorate into such a poor condition.

The authority have now confirmed that €950,000 is to be made available to repair the road.

Local Fine Gael TD Jim Daly had lobbied Transport Minister Leo Varadkar on the issue and received confirmation that the funding would be made available.

“I am delighted to confirm that the very substantial amount of €950,000 is to be allocated to the Clonakilty By pass route.

“This road is not only serving local traffic but as a part of the N71 caters for up to ten thousand cars every day.

“This is very welcome funding in these difficult and challenging economic times and will be a welcome boost to the local economy,” he said.

Labour TD Michael McCarthy also welcomed the news that a total of €1.7 million has been approved for pavement works on the N71, with an additional €750,000 allocated for resurfacing of the Bandon Road dual carriageway section near Cork city.

“It is very pleasing that announcements of this nature can be made at a time when funding is so constrained.

“It underlines the Government’s commitment to maintaining roads as well as prioritising safety projects and road improvements,” he said.