Substantial progress has been made on Active travel projects in the Shannonside region according to local authorities.
Close to 8 million Euro was allocated to Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon County Councils this year for dozens of active travel projects.
The programme aims to develop high quality walking and cycling facilities to encourage more people to switch to active travel, thereby increasing health and lowering carbon emissions.
Roscommon County Council received the highest local funding with €3.2 million euro set aside for 21 local projects.
These include developments such as the Ballaghaderreen Town Development plan and shared pedestrian/cycle paths across the county.
As of August, Construction has been completed on shared footpaths in Creagh and Athleague, with works due to be finished on a similar project in Loughglynn within a few weeks.
The council have spent a total of €355,000 of their allocation so far this year, with the majority of other projects at design, consultation or construction stage.
In Longford, €2,382,668 was ringfenced for 15 projects including the Battery Road and the Ballinalee Road Pedestrian and Cycle Schemes.
In a statement to Shannonside FM, Longford CoCo say that all 15 projects are progressing through the necessary approval, design, statutory and procurement phases, the N63 and Battery road works scheduled for commencement next year.
22 out of 25 Active Travel projects in Leitrim are currently underway at various stages, with €640,000 of the 2022 allocation of 2 million euro spent by the local authority.
10 of these developments are currently under construction or completed, including connection works from Lough Rinn Caravan Park to Mohill Town Centre and safe footpath works in Dromod