£47m investment in road schemes for Larne borough

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Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has set out Roads Service’s progress on investment totalling £47.34million for road improvement and maintenance schemes in the Larne Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of the latest monthly meeting of Larne Council – which saw representatives from Roads Service provide an update on recent works and upcoming schemes – Danny Kennedy said a wide range of road improvement and maintenance schemes are planned or have already been completed in the Larne Council area.

Following his recent visit to the A8 Belfast to Larne dualling scheme, the Minister added: “Progress on the improvement scheme is impressive and it is on schedule to be complete and open to traffic by Spring 2015.

“With over 80 per cent of the pipe culverts and other utility diversions complete, works are progressing well on the key structures and bulk earthworks activities.

“Upgrading the A8 to a dual carriageway will help grow the local economy and contribute to wider economic development across Northern Ireland.”

The scheme, which is part-funded by the European Commission under its Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) funding, will dual the A8 between Colemans Corner Roundabout and Ballyrickard Road Junction.

The minister also noted that remedial work has been completed on the A8 Circular Road flyover, which included deck resurfacing and anti-skid treatment.

“The autumn round of local council meetings is a timely opportunity for councils to discuss potential schemes and priorities,” said Danny Kennedy.

At the full council meeting, principal engineer Cathal Brown highlighted a number of improvement and maintenance schemes currently planned or progressed.

Welcoming expenditure on a number of structural maintenance schemes, Mr Brown said: “I am pleased to note the recent completion of resurfacing at A8 Harbour Highway roundabout and a significant stretch at Munie Road, Carnlough at a total cost of £630,000. A further 3,00 m2 of rock containment was completed on the A2 Garron Road at Garron Point and a total of 28.7km of surfacing dressing was also completed in the Larne Council area.”