South Armagh roads works welcomed but Minister warned about impact of delays

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015
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Councillor Terry Hearty has welcomed much needed road works carried out on the Carron Road in Crossmaglen. The Sinn Féin representative said the work was welcome but long overdue. “I’m delighted to see that vital work has finally been done to the Carron Road, including drainage work, improved wheelchair access and road resurfacing,” he said. “I was also happy to see that the resurfacing was carried out over the weekend so as avoid disrupting access to the school on the road. However, there is still much work that needs to be done in the area. “In particular I will continue to lobby for upgrades to the Dundalk Road in Crossmaglen, which is also in a bad state, particularly outside St. Joseph’s High School. “I have received assurances from Roads Service that resurfacing will be carried out over the summer holidays and I’ll be ensuring that they live up to their commitments.” The local Councillor also warned Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy that further delays in carrying out vital road works could cost lives in the area. “Danny Kennedy needs to wake up to the fact that failure to keep drainage systems and gullies clean benefits nobody,” he said. “It will cost ten times more in the long run to unblock drains once they’re clogged, while water overflowing onto the road, particularly at this time of year, could put lives at risk.”

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