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£4.75 million to be invested in Omagh area

12 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £4.75million investment for the Omagh District Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening's meeting between Roads Service and Omagh District Council, the Minister outlined a number of major and minor schemes taking place in the area. The Minister said the biggest challenge to Roads Service to date was the delivery of the A5 Dualling Project announced last year.

"A series of public information days have been held in Ballygawley, Omagh, Strabane and Derry. Views gathered from these public information days will be used to select the preferred route corridor which we would hope to announce before the end of the year."

Mr Murphy was also pleased to announce the start of work on the A4 dualling, the A5 Annaghilla 2+1 and the A5 Tullyvar Road.

He said:

"2007/08 has been a successful year for structural maintence, after a strong bid by Roads Service for additional funds led to more than £17million 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 three 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.

"We plan to spend £2.8million on various road maintenance projects in the Omagh area this year. A major resurfacing scheme to be carried out this year will be on the A5 along the frontage of the Mellon Country Inn." ENDS

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