Long-awaited road strengthening works on the N14 are due to start in about two weeks.
Donegal County Council has said traffic management arrangements will be in place for the estimated 20-week duration of the works.
Local Fianna Fáil Cllr. Gerry Crawford has welcomed the works on the national road, calling them “long overdue”.
”People have been very patient because the road has been in a terrible condition for a long time,” Cllr. Crawford said.
He said the heavily trafficked road, “has been in a terrible condition for a long time, causing a significant nuisance to locals and other road users alike”.
The N14 runs from Letterkenny to Lifford, and the works will cover a stretch of about two kilometres of the N14 from Lifford Hospital to the junction with the R264, near Murlog.
“This project has now developed into much more than a road strengthening contract, with Irish Water agreeing to fund the laying of new water and sewerage mains,” Cllr. Crawford said.
The Donegal National Roads Office has engaged with Irish Water and other utility providers, in relation to issues with utilities beneath the existing road.
As a result, Irish Water agreed to design and fund the inclusion of new water and sewerage mains to address those issues and plan for further improvements.
A separate, new storm drainage system will be included in the works, and is intended to ease pressure on existing sewage treatment infrastructure in Lifford, the council said.
”These works should help,” Cllr. Crawford said.
The estimated cost of the project is now €1.7 million, with an estimated construction period of 20 weeks.
Donegal County Council has said that the works will be completed at night where possible, but where works must be completed during the day a two-way traffic flow will be maintained, with various traffic management arrangements in place for the duration of the works.
“Delays are inevitable but necessary, to allow this much-needed project to take place,” Cllr. Crawford said.