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Progress on £2.8 million investment in Ballymoney

21 December, 2009 - by Westminster

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has welcomed Roads Service’s progress on investment totalling £2.8million in the Ballymoney area this year.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s meeting between Roads Service and Ballymoney Borough Council, Conor Murphy said: “I announced the preferred route for the proposed dualling of the A26 Frosses Road between Glarryford Crossroads and Ballycastle Fork last year. My Department is continuing to develop the design for this important road scheme in preparation for progressing the project through the necessary environmental, planning and land acquisition statutory procedures.

"These statutory procedures are expected to be published during the 2010/11 financial year. The April 2008 Department for Regional Developments (DRD) Investment Delivery Plan for Roads anticipates advertisement of the scheme to the market and completion / delivery of the scheme in the period 2013 / 2014 to 2017 / 2018.

“Already completed this year is a £327,000 scheme on the B147 Kirk Road, which improved the visibility sight splay of the Bellisle/Kirk Road junction and also the forward sight distance around a bend adjacent to the junction.

“A combined footway/cycleway has also been constructed at a cost of £100,000 on the B147 Ballinlea Road between Stranocum village and Bushvalley Primary School.

“In addition over 7.6km of carriageway have been resurfaced in asphalt in the Ballymoney area at a cost of £816,000 including 1.0km of resurfacing on the B15 Gracehill Road, Ballymoney, 1.1km on the B16 Bellaghy Road, Dunloy, and 930m on the A26 Newbridge Road at Seacon.

“A number of traffic calming measures and safety related schemes are planned on streets within the Ballymoney Council area. These measures include a recently completed scheme in the Seymour Street area, Ballymoney. The footway along Seymour Street has been upgraded, pedestrian facilities have been improved on Castle Street and the traffic signals at the junction of Main Street and Castle Street have been upgraded to improve pedestrian and cycle routes. The scheme is in support of the Connect 2 project that involves Ballymoney Borough Council, Translink and Sustrans.”

Roads Service Principal Engineer, Uel Wilson said: “Other works that are planned this financial year include the proposal to provide road markings and high friction surfacing on the Portrush Road Roundabout, Ballymoney. A pedestrian refuge island will also be installed near commercial premises on the Portrush Road to assist pedestrian movements.

“The proposed footway extension on the Bann Road from Drumreagh Presbyterian Church to the Vow Road junction is well under construction, and should be substantially completed by Christmas.

"The financial position for the next two years will depend on decisions made by The Executive. However Roads Service is still planning improvement schemes and welcomes comments from Council on its programmes."

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