Sinn Féin Ministers open new £146million A4 dual carriageway in Tyrone
Sinn Féin Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy MP MLA today officially opened the £146million A4 Dungannon to Ballygawley dual carriageway one month ahead of schedule.
A number of Executive Ministers were present for the opening of this major scheme including Sinn Fein Ministers Martin McGuinness MP MLA, Gerry Kelly MLA, Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA and Caitriona Ruane MLA who were joined also by Sinn Féin Mayor for Dungannon and South Tyrone
Cllr Michelle O'Neill MLA and Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre deBrún.
Opening the new carriageway Minister Conor Murphy said: “The A4 dual carriageway is the longest ever section of new carriageway constructed in the North of Ireland. This new 20.5 km stretch of dual carriageway, which has opened a month ahead of schedule, represents a significant investment in the infrastructure in the Dungannon area and West of the Bann.
“Since taking up office I have been committed to tackling the years of under investment in the west and to the delivery of balanced regional infrastructure throughout all of the north. The opening of this dual carriageway will be of significant benefit to both strategic traffic and motorists in the local area.
“The new A4 scheme combined with the recently upgraded Westlink means that you can now drive uninterrupted between Belfast and Ballygawley. The scheme will reduce journey times and improve road safety for those travelling east to west improving access between Belfast and both Enniskillen and Omagh. ”
The A4 dualling scheme, which included the construction of five flyover-type junctions and 17 new bridges, involved substantial earthworks with 2.4 million cubic metres of material excavated to make way for the new carriageway. Over two million man hours were successfully worked on the project, which employed approximately 500 people at the peak of the scheme.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness said: “Investments in road improvements, such as this key project, meet the Executive’s strategic objectives in terms of promoting economic growth and competitiveness and balanced regional development.
“The ability to now travel between Belfast and Ballygawley in the heart of Tyrone on uninterrupted motorway/dual carriageway with much reduced travel times together with significant safety improvements is now a wonderful reality for all those who use this route.
“This project is an example of implementing improvements today to meet tomorrow’s demands and is part of the ongoing strategy of improving the Strategic Road network in the north. These schemes are addressing the infrastructure deficit that we have suffered for many years, and importantly they connect East and West.