Fermanagh and Omagh District Council members have been updated on works in the area by the Department for Infrastructure during 2019/20 and the Department’s schemes being undertaken in 2020/21.
Speaking as he addressed council members this evening, Divisional Roads Manager, Mr David McKinley said, “Over the past year, good progress has been made on a number of a strategic roads infrastructure projects including the completion of Strathroy Link Road. Development work is also continuing on the A5 Derry to Ballygawley dualling, and Enniskillen Southern Bypass.
“Significant resurfacing schemes have been completed including the Belfast Road at Dolan’s Ring, A46 Loughshore Road, Henry Street, A5 Beltany Road, B4 Termon Road and B122 Ecclesville Road. Roads carrying cross border traffic benefitted from £1m resurfacing carried out at a number of locations including A3 Cavan Road, A47 Killadeas Road and Newbridge Road. Work was also completed at 131 locations at a cost of £1.25 million as part of the roads recovery fund which addresses roads in immediate need of repair.”
Mr. McKinley also advised that a new Toucan controlled crossing was provided on Main Street Lisnaskea to assist pedestrians and cyclists and new footways were provided at Aughafad Road, Fintona and at Killadeas Road, Killadeas. A sightline improvement and safety fence replacement was completed at the A4 Station Road junction Brookeborough and traffic calming in the Cannondale area of Omagh. Street lighting measures included the replacement of lighting from NIE poles at a number of locations including Lough Shore Road, Belleek and Scallen Road, Irvinestown. Bridge works included the replacement of the structurally unsound Majors Bridge on the A34 Lisnagole Road, Lisnaskea.
“These projects will provide significant benefits to both the local community and enhance provision for all those walking and cycling, as well as those using roads in the Fermanagh and Omagh area.”
“It has been an unprecedented year so far, caused by the impact of Covid-19. This resulted in our contractors being unable to work from mid-March until around mid-May, which had a knock on impact on our work programmes. I am pleased to advise that our contractors have been working again in May and June, to complete the schemes that were stopped and we are now planning and implementing our 2020/21 works programmes.
“Divisional allocations have now been confirmed and I am pleased to note that on the Capital side these are broadly similar to last year although additional funding is being made available for walking and cycling and safer routes to schools and this will allow the introduction of part time 20mph speed limits at nine schools in the Fermanagh Omagh Council area. Resource allocations will allow the Department to maintain the road network in a similar way to last year but I am pleased to report that the Minister has allocated sufficient funding to allow a full street lighting repair service for the entire year and this is to be welcomed.
“The overall 2020/21 structural maintenance capital budget is £75m for Northern Ireland and of this, £12m has been set aside for a roads recovery fund of which £10m is targeted towards rural roads. For Fermanagh and Omagh Council this translates to £1.8m to be used to address areas of immediate need across the rural road network.
“My staff will continue to develop local transport and safety schemes and maintenance programmes to enhance safety, improve traffic flow and provide measures for pedestrians and cyclists. As the year progresses we will continue to bid for additional funding to maintain the integrity of the road network and additional schemes will be implemented as funding becomes available through the year.
“I would encourage Councillors to continue to contact the relevant members of my staff in relation to operational matters and they will do their best to assist.”
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