Clarification sought on future of N16 realignment

GLENFARNE-based councillor, Sean McDermott is calling for clarification on the future of the realignment of the N16 route in light of the suspension of the project by the National Roads Authority (NRA).

GLENFARNE-based councillor, Sean McDermott is calling for clarification on the future of the realignment of the N16 route in light of the suspension of the project by the National Roads Authority (NRA).

With the three sections of the proposed realignment - from Sligo to the Leitrim border, Glencar to Glenfarne, and Glenfarne to Blacklion - currently listed as suspended on the NRA website and €820,000 allocated for overlay and minor realignment works on the N16 this year under the National Roads Programme, it would appear that the Government is pursuing improvement works on the existing route in lieu of the major realignment.

The NRA shelved the proposed realignment of the N16 in light of the worsening economic conditions but it had been hoped that this move would be temporary and Cllr McDermott has been vocal in his calls for funding to be allocated on a regular basis to the N16 realignment so that when the economy recovers the Government will be able to commence construction immediately on the route.

Earlier this week it emerged that €720,000 has been allocated for new overlay (resurfacing) works on the N16, namely at Glencar, Brockagh, Clooneen, Cherrybrook and Tomrud. A further €100,000 has also been allocated for minor realignment work at Cornacloy, Glenfarne. These works are expected to be carried out over the Summer.

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