02/12/2003

Local roads get record £80m spend

A record £80 million will be spent on structural roads maintenance this year across Northern Ireland.

The figure was revealed by Deputy Divisional Roads Manager, Tom McCourt as he presented DRD Roads Service’s autumn report to Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Mr McCourt said: "This is a huge increase in investment over previous years. It is the highest level of spend on record and matches the figure envisaged by the Regional Transportation Strategy.

"In the Newtownabbey Borough Council area, major resurfacing work has been completed on the M2 between Fortwilliam and Greencastle and on the A2 Shore Road Between Jordanstown and Silverstream Banks."

Roads Service also plans to spend £462,000 on the Motorways and Trunk Road Network and £792,000 on carriageways and footways in the Newtownabbey Council area.

Mr McCourt added: "It is necessary to maintain our roads regularly to strengthen them, improve the running surface and improve safety for all road users. Most types of road repairs will cause some traffic disruption.

"However, Roads Service has been working hard to minimise delays by keeping road closures to a minimum and avoiding peak traffic times where possible. Our contractors have also taken advantage of the good summer and autumn weather to progress schemes during this period."

Meanwhile, a record of over £3 million will be spent on structural roads maintenance in the Armagh City and District Council in the coming year.

Divisional Roads Manager, John White said the money would be spent on improving roads in Armagh City, Keady, and the border areas in the county.

(MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

09 September 2019
Explosive Device Planted In Strabane
A man has been arrested after an improvised explosive device was discovered in Strabane on Saturday morning, 07 September. A police operation was established in the Church View area after the viable mortar type device was found close to a number of houses at around 8.30am. ATO secured the object before it was removed for further examination.
11 September 2019
Other News In Brief
Slow Food Festival Returns To L'Derry Thousands are expected to flock to L'Derry next month as the Slow Food Festival returns with an enhanced programme of events across the city. Now into its fourth year, the award-winning council event will celebrate the very best artisan produce in the North West from Wednesday 09 to Sunday 13.
11 September 2019
Suspect Arrested Over Strabane Mortar Bomb
Detectives investigating the discovery of a mortar bomb pointed in the direction of a police station in County Tyrone have arrested a 33-year-old man. The improvised explosive device was found in the Church View area of Strabane on Saturday 07 September on a wall overlooking the station.
09 September 2019
Larne Primary School Evacuated
A primary school in County Antrim has been evacuated amid a suspected gas leak. Emergency services were called to Larne and Inver Primary School shortly before 11am this morning, Monday 09 September. A number of houses in the area of the Glynn Road were also evacuated and motorists advised to avoid the area if possible.
17 September 2019
Body Recovered From River Lagan
Police are investigating after a woman's body was discovered in the River Lagan. The body was found in the Shaw's Bridge area on Monday afternoon, 16 September. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.