Roads Service to invest £3.5m in Limavady

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has set out Roads Service’s progress on investment totalling £3.5million for road improvement and maintenance schemes in the Limavady area this year.

Speaking after a meeting between Roads Service and Limavady Council last week, the Minister said: “A wide range of road improvement and maintenance schemes is planned or already complete in the Limavady Council area.

“Following a large number of objections received from the public regarding the proposal to construct a dual carriageway between Londonderry and Dungiven, including a dual carriageway bypass of Dungiven, an Inquiry was held at the end of September / beginning of October 2012 at the Roe Park Hotel, Limavady. “The Inspectors intend to report to the Department before the end of March 2013. Although there is no provision in the 2011-2015 NI budget for construction of the scheme, it is essential to complete the planning stage to prepare for implementation beyond the current budget period. The commencement of construction of the scheme will depend on the funding made available by the Executive through the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland 2011-2021 process.

“The priorities and constraints placed on funding levels by Budget 2011-2015 means the programme of local transport and safety measures in 2012/13 and 2013/14 is under considerable pressure. However, Northern Division will continue to use its available resources to develop a programme for the Limavady Council area with a view to bringing forward schemes as funding becomes available.

“While indications were that funding for resurfacing works would be very limited this year, a successful in year bid by my Department has improved this position considerably. I remain committed to delivering these important schemes and will continue to submit strong bids for additional funding.

“The autumn round of Council meetings is a timely opportunity for Councils to discuss potential schemes and priorities for incoming and future years,” said Danny Kennedy.

At the meeting, Divisional Roads Manager, Deidre Mackle highlighted a number of improvement and maintenance schemes currently planned or progressed, “I am pleased to note the recent completion of a Puffin crossing provision on Irish Green Street Limavady to replace the existing pelican crossing. This system uses modern intelligent technology to assist in improving road safety and provides benefits to pedestrians and drivers alike. Work to upgrade signal equipment and provide additional pedestrian facilities at the junction of Catherine Street and Linenhall Street will run concurrently with the environmental improvement scheme presently underway on Linenhall Street.

“A significant carriageway resurfacing programme is progressing with resurfacing schemes recently completed at locations including A371 Lisnakelly Road, B44 Altinure Road, C518 Dunlade Road and U271 Ballyavelin Road.”

Deidre Mackle also referred to a number of traffic schemes that are currently programmed including the proposals to continue the cycling facilities along Edenmore Road and the upgrading of directional signs along the A29 Limavady By-Pass.