Newry’s roads to benefit from share of £20m road resurfacing scheme | Newry Times

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Monday, July 4th, 2022
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Newry’s roads are set to benefit from a share of a £20m road resurfacing scheme, announced by Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd.

 

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Phase One of the Department’s interim asphalt resurfacing procurement strategy, which consists of resurfacing contracts for Magherafelt, Omagh, Dungannon, Strabane, Down as well as Newry and Mourne have been awarded.

Work in these six areas is due to start towards the end of July.

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd says, “This is welcome news and an important first step in improving road conditions in these six areas.

 


 

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“I am pleased to announce this procurement exercise has been successful and that these contracts have now been awarded.

“This asphalt resurfacing work will make a significant difference to road safety and journey times, improving the lives of the people who live in these areas.

“The awarding of these contracts is an important development.

“I am delighted that we are one step closer to this important and much-needed work getting underway.”  

 

 

Local Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins welcomed the news.

The Newry and Armagh MLA comments, “Since last year road resurfacing works have been delayed in council areas including Newry and Armagh, as a result of a legal challenge.

“This led to much-needed investment in our roads being put on hold.

“Sinn Féin has been constantly calling for resurfacing works to start as soon as possible.

“I’m delighted that Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has awarded contracts for Newry and Armagh and other council areas totalling £20 million pounds, with works expected to begin in late July.

“Sinn Féin recognises the need to address the roads crisis, invest in our local roads and bring them up to a standard that local communities deserve,” she adds.

 


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