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£4.3 million to be invested in Craigavon

19 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £4.3million investment for the Craigavon Council area this year.

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

"Work has commenced on improving safety on a 1.1km stretch of the Carn Road at Carn Industrial Estate, Craigavon. The work involves widening, junction realignment and improved lighting on a number of junctions."

The Minister also said that 2007/08 had been a successful year for structural maintenance, 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.

"This year in the Craigavon area we plan to spend £4.3million on various projects, including a new roundabout at Dollingstown Crossroads, improved sightlines and carriageway widening on Kernan Hill Road, Derryvore Lane and Killaghy Road subject to successful land agreements or vesting. These are in addition to the ongoing extensive programme of smaller local transport and safety measures, as well as resurfacing and surface dressing schemes.

"Schemes which have already been completed include a roundabout on the Gilford Road at Drumlin Hill, Portadown, a short length of footway on Damhill Road, Magheralin, carriageway widening at the junction of the Calvertstown and Plantation Roads and high friction surfacing on two approaches to roundabout four, Craigavon," said Mr Murphy.

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