Derry City and Strabane District Council members have been updated on programmed infrastructure works for the area by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).
Speaking as he addressed Council members this afternoon, DfI Divisional Roads Manager Conor Loughrey said:
“Over the next year, the Derry City and Strabane District Council area will see welcome progress on the A6 Derry to Dungiven dualling project as well as the delivery of a number of other infrastructure projects, including the completion and reopening of Ballynameen Bridge in Claudy, a new footway at Glenelly Road, Plumbridge and bus turning lanes at Springtown Road and Ballyarnett Village.
“Traffic calming schemes will also be taken forward at Braehead Road (Nixon’s Corner), Station Road, Ballymagorry and Moss Road, Glengalliagh. There will also be an ongoing programme throughout the area of replacing conventional street lighting heads with LED lanterns which have lower running costs and require less maintenance.”
“Our maintenance teams will also be delivering a significant programme of resurfacing schemes across the district including: A1002 Strand Road, A1002 Roundabouts (Caw, Foyleside and Broadbridge), B48 Lisnaragh Road and B536 Ligford Road. These projects will realise significant benefits for both the local community and commuters.”
Speaking on the impact of the harsh winter weather and budget allocation, Mr Loughrey said: “It is clear that the recent severe winter has had a significant detrimental impact on the road network and the Department will continue to identify those roads most in need of repair and prioritise this work alongside other ongoing priorities.
“The 2018/2019 roads structural maintenance capital budget is £75m. Of that, £15m has been set aside for a roads recovery fund which is being used to address areas of immediate need across the road network. Almost 40,000 surface defects have been repaired in the last few months.”
“The ongoing maintenance programme will also include an enhanced grass cutting service to ensure all roadside verges and sightline grass will be cut at least twice in the period April to October; and a full weed spraying service will be delivered. This work has now commenced across the region.”
Concluding, Mr Loughrey said:
“It is also worth noting other projects in the area recently completed, including sight line improvement schemes on the Bellspark and Lisnaragh Roads, resurfacing of the Dungiven Road and replacement of street lighting high masts adjacent to Lecky Road Flyover. A range of other local traffic and safety measures have also already been delivered as well of course as an extensive programme to assist in the recovery from the August flooding event.”
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