Burns welcomes resurfacing of rural roads

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012
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Slieve Gullion area Sinn Féin Councillor Colman Burns has warmly welcomed continuing road improvements on the Tullynavall Road, Cullyhanna and has called for a major cash injection to tackle the deterioration of South Armagh’s rural roads.

Speaking to Newry Times about the work Councillor Burns said, “This is a busy road that runs from the heart of the village of Cullyhanna to Drumill Bridge. The work involves drainage improvements as well as the complete resurfacing of the entire road. There will obviously be some disruption while the work is ongoing but the completed resurfacing should make up for any road delays or temporary closures.”

“Over the past year major essential water pipe laying has been ongoing on many rural roads, these roads cannot be resurfaced for a period of months, to guarantee that there is no sinkage along the line of the ‘filled in’ pipe track. Councillors have urged Roads Service to concentrate on the roadways that are unaffected by the pipeline and the Tullynavall road is one such road.”

Burns added, “I have urged Roads Service to continue this improvement works on to the Freeduff Road which is in a very bad state with some sections in a particularly rough state. While this work is to be welcomed, there is still a lot of work to be done on our rural roads to bring them up to an acceptable standard. Sinn Fein Councillors will continue to lobby on behalf of our constituents to ensure that relevant Government Departments are aware of the continuing shortfalls in our rural areas and the need for major change.”


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