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Progress on £2.4 million investment in Cookstown area

26 November, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has welcomed progress on investment totalling £2.4million in the Cookstown area this year.

Speaking after last night's meeting between Roads Service and Cookstown District Council, the Minister provided an update on a number of strategic road improvements and said:

"Roads Service continues to progress design work for the proposed Cookstown Bypass with a view to determining a preferred alignment. The emerging preferred corridor for the bypass lies to the east of the town and will link the A29 Dungannon Road at Loughry Roundabout to the A29 Moneymore Road. Traffic surveys were held in 2007 with environmental, ecological and archaeological surveys started during the summer of this year. A public information day will be held in the coming months.

"To the south of the Cookstown Council area the A29 Carland Bridge realignment works are now programmed to commence in May 2009 and the procurement process is currently underway. Also to the north of Cookstown, the A31 Magherafelt Bypass project is progressing and the public inquiry into the preferred route has been scheduled for April 2009.

"Schemes which have been completed this financial year include the reconstruction and resurfacing at James Street, William Street, Oldtown Street in Cookstown town centre and the resurfacing of the B4 Cavanakeeran Road in Pomery. Also completed has been the upgrade of the existing zebra crossing at William Street in Cookstown and the provision of a pelican crossing at Smith Street Moneymore.

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Other schemes that will be taken forward in the current financial year include the provision of a footbridge at Ballinderry, sightline improvements at the Roughan Road/Tullaghbeg Road junction and provision of a footway at Cloughfin Road, Killeenan.

The Roads Service report also contained the draft capital programme for 2009-2011. Schemes include providing a right turning lane at A505 Drum Road/Corchoney Road junction and junction realignment at the A505 Drum Road/B4 Pomeroy Road junction.

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