Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council members have been updated on programmed works on the road network by the Department for Infrastructure.
Speaking as he addressed Council members yesterday evening, Divisional Roads Manager, David Porter said:
“As the result of the significantly increased capital allocation we have been able to deliver an enhanced level of resurfacing across the Division. The completed resurfacing schemes include those at Drones Road, Loughguile, Finvoy Road at Rasharkin and Broad Road, Baranailt Road and Polly’s Brae Road in the Limavady area.
“The Network Development, Minor Works scheme for the provision of a new 2.5m wide cycleway/footway at Atlantic Road, Portrush, outlined to Council in the Spring report, is now complete. This scheme, from Magherabuoy Avenue to Carnalridge Primary School, links the primary school with the existing cycleway/footway infrastructure in Portrush.
A scheme at Somerset Road, Coleraine commenced in July 2018, to provide 1km of 2.5m wide cycleway/footway, within the existing verge, from Castleroe Road to Greenmount Roundabout. The upgrade of the street lighting in the vicinity has also been carried out as part of this scheme.”
“These projects will realise significant benefits for both the local community and commuters in Causeway Coast and Glens.”
Mr Porter continued:
“The initial 2018/2019 roads capital budget was £75million, and of that, £15million had been set aside for a Roads Recovery Fund. This is being used to address areas of immediate need across the road network, including locations with significant numbers of potholes caused by the cold winter and those roads damaged by the prolonged hot weather in June and July.
“The Road Recovery Fund has enabled the Department to target a programme of resurfacing schemes across the area. These included works at Pharis Road and Corkey Road, Loughguile, Legavallon Road, Dungiven and also at Broighter Road and Gelvin Road in the Limavady area. In addition, over 100 stretches, ranging from 90m to 600m in length, have been resurfaced at various locations throughout the Borough.
“This year our maintenance programme has included a grass cutting service to ensure all roadside verges and sightlines were cut at least twice in the period April‑October, and a full weed spraying service has also been ongoing during this period.”
In relation to the salting of roads, Mr Porter added:
“The Department is planning to deliver a Winter Service as in recent years. Staff and equipment are ready to be deployed as and when required.”
Mr Porter concluded:
“I am keen to continue to work with the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council as we prepare for the Open Golf event. The transportation challenges will be significant given that the competition days are already sold out and, it is anticipated that a considerable number of people will be visiting Portrush and the surrounding areas during July 2019. I have witnessed first-hand the partnership working with the Council and, am content that careful preparations are being made at this early stage to ensure that the event runs smoothly.”