Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 15 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Road Signage.

Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Transport the amount of funding drawn down by local authorities for erecting road signage in the past 12 months;. [35176/0

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: Local authorities are responsible for the provision of road traffic signs on regional and local roads. A five-year Regional Road Signposting Programme was introduced in 2003 with the aim of upgrading directional signposts on all significant junctions on all regional roads in county council areas. A sum of €3.9 million was provided for this programme in 2007 and a total of €7.5 million has been allocated towards it in 2008.

Local authorities may also use discretionary improvement and block grants towards the cost of providing signposting on regional and local roads. In 2008, the discretionary improvement grant allocation to County Councils is €24.9 million and the block grant allocation to City, Borough and Town Councils is €16.1 million.

In accordance with Section 19 of the Roads Act, 1993, the allocation of funding in relation to the construction or maintenance of national roads is a matter for the National Roads Authority.