Fianna Fáil Cllr. David Alcorn said he has received confirmation from Donegal County Council engineers that work on the road to Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn will begin in the coming weeks.
Cllr. Alcorn said the work is expected to begin in late August or early September.
The council has allocated 410,000 euro for this year’s work on the R259, a project that received all-party support from councillors in the Glenties Electoral Area and other areas.
The road stretches 6.6 kilometres from Crolly to the airport. A further substantial allocation would be needed to improve the entire road, but Cllr. Alcorn said the areas prioritised for this year include the stretch from Meenaleck to the Ranafast crossroads, a section near the bend at the Annagry factory and the junction of the R259 and the airport turn-off.
“I believe it is one of the most important roads in west Donegal and I would be very hopeful that we’ll be able to get funding for it for 2012,” Cllr. Alcorn said.