FERMANAGH roads which, traditionally, have come in for fierce criticism from drivers because of their poor surfaces and, in some cases, potholes that have damaged vehicles, are benefiting from an additional £2,260,000 investment.
However work on the main road between Roslea and Donagh is to be delayed due to an arson attack last week in which a tarmac spreader was set on fire and destroyed.
A spokesman for the Department of Regional Development (DRD) confirmed the road maintenance schedule and she said that the work, which had already commenced, was expected to be substantially completed by the end of this month.
“The funding will ensure that a number of roads will receive attention. Information boards will be erected on the roads concerned in advance of the works and, although the planned dates are subject to favourable weather conditions, Roads Service will keep the public informed of any change.”
The spokesman listed 15 routes, among them – the A4 Belfast Road, the A35 Pettigo Road at Killynoogan, the A35 Kesh Road, Irvinestown at Moneykee, the A34 Moorlough Road at Macknagh, and the A509 Derrylin Road at High Bridge.
The A4 Sligo Road at Ashwoods will have a right turning lane, and other roads in the list are – the
A509 Derrylin Road at Tonywall, the B82 Killadeas Road at Lisnarick, the B36 Dernawilt Road at Rockfield, and the B81 Ashwoods Road.
The five remaining roads are – C445 Knockmore Road, C426 Ballagh Road, the U6003 Old Rossorry Road and Link Road, the U9396 Raw Road near Raw Bridge, and the U9390 Monmurry Road.
The extra monies was welcomed by local MLA Sean Lynch: “As someone who travels the county on a regular basis, I am all too well aware of the need for considerable investment to bring the roads up to a suitable standard.
“I commend the Roads Service staff and contractors locally, who do their best with a constrained budget to keep our network of roads in good condition.
Meanwhile, a Roads Service spokesman said that sub-contractors working on behalf of Roads Service had advised the Service that, due to the loss of a tar-making machine, work on Ballagh resurfacing scheme would be delayed by approximately one day.
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