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£3.3 million to be invested in Newtownabbey area

6 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £3.3million investment for the Newtownabbey Borough Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening's meeting between Roads Service and Newtownabbey Borough Council, the Minister outlined a number of major and minor schemes taking place in the Borough.

Mr Murphy said:

"The works currently being carried out on the M2 motorway will deliver significant improvements to this strategic route. The Belfast bound carriageway is being widened to provide a third lane between the Sandyknowes and Greencastle junctions; the countrybound carriageway is being widened to provide three lanes through the Greencastle junction; and the Hightown, Collinbridge and Longlands overbridges are all being replaced. Work on the bridges is well underway with new retaining walls constructed and embankments widened along the city and country bound carriageways.

"Plans for widening the A2 Shore Road between Jordanstown and Seapark continue to be assessed following the Public Inquiry held in October 2007. Roads Service is considering the inspectors' report and expects to finalise the Department's response by Autumn 2008.

"In addition to these high priority schemes, important minor improvements are planned across the Borough. These include provision of a footway at Ballyeaston Road and Lower Ballyboley Road, plus carriageway and bridge widening at Park Road, Mallusk. Building on a successful Safer Routes To School programme, where three sites were completed in the past year, a further two sites will be promoted within the Borough. Traffic calming schemes are also planned for Hazelburn Road, Carnmoney Road North / The Glade and Hawthorne Way / Ollerdale Park."

The Minister also said that 2007/08 had been a successful year for structural maintence, after a strong bid by Roads Service for additional funds led to more than £17 million of extra funding being allocated to this important function.

"The additional resources mean that around £75million has been invested in the structural maintenance of our roads last year and it is planned to spend a further £200million over the next 3 years. The maintenance of surfaces and underlying structures of roads and footways is essential for the social and economic well-being in all areas in the north.

"The Department will continue with its carrageway and footway resurfacing programme plus surface dressing and drainage improvement across the Borough,'' said Mr Murphy. ENDS

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