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Roads Service to invest £4.6million in Strabane District Council Area

5 May, 2009

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £4.6million investment for the Strabane Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s meeting between Roads Service and Strabane District Council, the Minister said: “Work on the A5 Western Key Transport Corridor continues to make significant progress. Following the announcement of the preferred corridor in November 2008 four possible routes were brought to the very successful public consultation days which were held in February 2009, I anticipate announcing the preferred route in the summer this year.

“Other schemes which will be carried out this year include the widening and realignment of the Berryhill Road on the approach to Artigarvan from Strabane and the resurfacing of the A5 Mulvin Road, south of Victoria Bridge."

Mr Murphy acknowledged that 2008/09 had been a difficult year in relation to road maintenance, with funding lower than previous years. However, he said this year's increased allocation for structural maintenance would permit more resurfacing schemes to proceed on local roads.

Road Service’s Divisional Roads Manager Pat Doherty welcomed the planned investment in local transport and safety measures in the Strabane Council area, which includes traffic calming, collision remedial, pedestrian measures, cycling measures and safer routes to schools.

Other schemes which will be taken forward in the Strabane Council Areathis year include the replacement of a bridge on the Taboe Road near Donemana, the upgrade and replacement of the traffic signal equipment at the Melmount Road, Bradley Way, Urney Road junction, central reservations and traffic islands on the Derry Road in Strabane, and junction improvements at the Maghernageeragh Road/ Carn Road junction near Killeter.

Roads Service has also been in consultation with local government representatives on matters arising from the Review of Public Administration. These included the details of functions to be transferred to local government in 2011 and the arrangements to allow the new councils to influence roads programmes.

Mr Doherty highlighted some of the schemes already completed in 2008/09. These included resurfacing of the A5 Melmount Road south of Sion Mills, resurfacing of the road and footways in Ballycolman Estate and Springhill Park in conjunction with DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme, sightline improvements at Berryhill Road, Barron Road junction, pedestrian crossing facilities in Ballymagorry and at Upper Main Street Strabane and repairs to the bridge on Corramore Road at Cranagh.

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