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£ 4.4million to be invested in Strabane area

1 July, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £4.4million investment for the Strabane District Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening's meeting between Roads Service and Strabane District Council, the Minister outlined a number of major and minor schemes taking place in the area. The Minister was pleased to note that publication of the preferred corridor for the A5 dualling was expected by the end of the year.

The Minister said:

"2007/08 has 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.

"We plan to spend £2.6million on various road maintenance projects in the Strabane District Council area this year. A significant resurfacing scheme to be carried out this year will be on the A5 Melmount road, north of Bellspark Road." ENDS

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