Good progress despite financial constraints - Slowey
by sue doherty
Although finance was restricted in 2010, South West Donegal had a large number of projects which were completed throughout the year with significant monies being spent on the upgrading of the N56 and other projects, Cllr. Terence Slowey said this week.
In his end of year report, Cllr Slowey outlined all the progress that has been made on roads, bridges, sewerage schemes and water supplies during the year.
The County Council received an additional allocation from the National Roads Authority of €659,000 which saw the upgrading of the road from the top of the Nick to the Five Points at Stragar/Meenavalley. In addition €95,000 was spent upgrading the surface of the N56 at Brackey and Edergole, together with a very good restoration job carried out on the Brackey Bridge. The widening, upgrading and strengthening of the Ardara Town Bridge over the Owentocker is underway at present and the final cost will be between €300,000 and €500,000. A very welcome upgrading of the Ardara/Ardaghey road continued during 2010 with €300,000 being spent initially and a further €300,000 made available late in the year. Excellent work was done by the Roads Staff of the Council so as to ensure this work was completed before the end of 2010. This road is again listed at Priority No. 2 in the Donegal Electoral Area for 2011 and we hope that the necessary funding will be made available.
The National Roads Authority are presently planning a major national pilot project to upgrade the N56 from Kilraine to Dungloe. This involves upgrading the road from Kilraine to Glenties and onwards to Maas, Lettermacaward, Cloughwally to the town of Dungloe. The project as proposed would incorporate a cycle lane alongside the new road and the projected overall cost of this project is €80 Million. Senior Engineers with the Donegal Section of the National Roads Authority have informed the Elected Representatives that work could begin in 2011 on the upgrading of section of this road to include the Meenacarren bends provided the necessary lands can be obtained. This is a major project for South West Donegal and would be of great benefit to the people of Ardara, Glenties, Lettermacaward and Dungloe not to mention the access for tourism, industry and employment.
The Castledoherty Bridge has been widened and work is ongoing to complete this project which cost €75,000.
The Ardara Sewerage Scheme which is now completed and commissioned is working well and the final cost was €10.5 Million. The Scheme is future-proofed to provide treatment for any future development in the town. Our focus is now on getting the Glenties and Dungloe projects to tender as they are bundled together and will be done as part of a single contract.
The Glenties/Ardara water supply received funding of €90,000 this year for upgrading of the treatment plant at Meenahalla.The work to connect the Killybegs and Ardara water supplies at Common Bridge was completed this year and this will allow high level areas of Edergole to have a water supply without the necessity of a special Pumping Station. In time, this new connection will also help the water supply in Glengesh and is already providing a water supply to Cashel, Common and Aighe. The Council have installed specialist equipment at the Ardara Reservoir and many others to give them details of water levels. This gives important information to the engineering staff of the Council in the management of water supplies across Donegal.
Damage to the Mullantiboyle Bridge will make it necessary to put a new bridge in place in 2011 and the necessary funding has been put into the Roads Budget to have this work carried out. This work will have to be coordinated with the Fisheries Board. Funding of €20,000 is provided for the widening of the Drimalough Bridge and €78,000 was spent resurfacing three sections of the Glen Road, Glenties with further work to be undertaken in 2011.The cost of resurfacing two sections of the Granny/Maghera/Leaconnell Road was €70,000 while work on the Meenabull Road cost €36,000. Work on the Upper Kilraine Road cost €31,500 while the Loughderryduff and Mullaveagh Roads cost €31,500 and €45,500 respectively Three sections of the Loughros Point road were resurfaced costing approximately €60,000, together with the Drumirrin upgrading costing €30,000. In excess of €26,000 was spent on the main Narin/Ardara road between Kilclooney and Sandfield with work on the Wood Road at Ardara costing €47,000 and three sections of the Glengesh Road improved at a cost of approximately €60,000.
Cllr Slowey concluded: "I am indebited to the staff of Donegal County Council for their help throughout 2010 and look forward to working with them in 2011 and beyond."