Thomas Pringle, independent TD, has called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to approve for tender the five-kilometre stretch along the N56 from Mountcharles to Inver Bridge so that works can commence.
The scheme entails an upgrade for this stretch of road starting from the Mountcharles bypass and up to the Inver Bridge, with 50 per cent online/offline improvement so that half will be completely new road while the other will be upgraded.
Deputy Pringle said the scheme was ready for tender but urgently needs to be signed off by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), formerly the National Roads Authority.
“It’s been years since the compulsory purchase was made and now that the design process is completed there’s really no excuse for any further delays,” he said.
“Funding was a major issue in the past but now that the upgrade of the road was approved as part of the Government’s Capital Investment programme announced last year, there’s no reason why the tendering process can’t begin now," Deputy Pringle said. “Considering that it’s taken years for the process to move along, the condition of that stretch of N56 is worsening. Works need to commence to prevent further degrading of the road.
“This project is really needed. It’s been proven that upgrading this stretch of N56 will improve journey times to the port of Killybegs and improving access to the port there. An upgrade would benefit the many towns serviced by this road infrastructure," Deputy Pringle said, calling on TII "to sign off on the tendering process without delay”.