N56 upgrade in Glenties area continues

Phase Two of the 26-kilometre project to be finished in coming weeks

Carolyn Farrar


Carolyn Farrar



N56 upgrade in Glenties area continues

The second phase in the upgrade of the N56 between Dungloe and Glenties is due for completion in the coming weeks.

Brendan McFadden, Donegal County Council senior executive roads engineer, told Glenties Municipal District councillors at their meeting this morning that phase two of the project, which stretches from Boyoughter to Kilkenny, will be substantially completed in four to six weeks.

The overall upgrade scheme will see a 26-kilometre stretch of the N56 upgraded, starting at the southern end of Dungloe and continuing to the junction with the regional road R262 at Kilraine, south of Glenties. A combined cycleway/footpath also runs the length of the scheme.

Mr. McFadden told councillors that the third phase, the N56 from Kilkenny to Letterilly, is designed and ready for tender, subject to approval and funding next year.

Cllr. Marie Therese Gallagher, Glenties Municipal District cathaoirleach, welcomed the news, calling the road, “an essential piece of infrastructure for the county”.

“Now we just need to ensure we’re all in the right places to make sure we get funding for construction of Phase Three,” she said.

Councillors also heard that road pavement works will commence on Monday, November 14th, on a 1.6-metre stretch of the N56 at Fanaboy, north of the Dunlewey junction between Gaoth Dobhair and Gortahork.

The pavement works will last for about two weeks and stop/go or traffic lights will be in operation during that time. Minor delays are expected, councillors heard.

The municipal district meeting is continuing.