Mid Ulster District Council members have been updated on programmed infrastructure works for the area by the Department for Infrastructure.
Speaking as he addressed council members, Network Maintenance Manager for Western Division, Alan McMurray said: “Work on major roads schemes across the division are progressing well. The A6 dualling scheme from Randalstown to Castledawson continues apace with the Randalstown to Toome section on schedule to open in September 2019 and the Castledawson to Toome section scheduled to open in April 2021.
“A decision to proceed with the A5 Western Transport Corridor was also announced on 28 November 2017 and it is expected that construction will commence on the section between New Buildings and north of Strabane in early 2018. Construction work on other sections will follow as funding permits.
“In the early part of this financial year we have made good progress on our resurfacing programme for the District. Some of the completed schemes include the A6 Glenshane Road and the A29 Cookstown Road, Dungannon along with surface dressing on the B4 Pomeroy Road, Cookstown.
“We are also continuing to work through our network development programme and have completed a number of schemes, including a junction improvement at the Lisnahull Road/ Newell Road, Dungannon and a new cycle path on Fountain Road, Cookstown. An extension to the Castledawson Park and Ride facility was also opened earlier this year.”
On the issue of the Department’s budget, Mr McMurray continued: “Despite a challenging budgetary situation, the Department has delivered a significant programme of resurfacing and surface dressing and continues to carry out a programme of routine maintenance, including pothole repairs and street lighting repairs to meet all essential public safety requirements.”
In relation to winter gritting services, Mr McMurray concluded: “The Department is planning to deliver a normal winter service, as in previous years, with all necessary staff and equipment at the ready to be deployed as and when required.”
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