Over €3m has been earmarked for the second phase of realignment works on the N16 near Glenfarne.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD is expected to confirm funding for the next phase of the project in the Dáil this morning, (Wednesday) for the long awaited works.
Over the past few months, Senator Michael Comiskey and Leitrim County Councillor, Sean McDermott, have attended several meetings with the Minister regarding the further development and completion of the N16.
Speaking with the Leitrim Observer this week,local Fine Gael councillor, Sean McDermott, said that he was delighted by the significant allocation.
“This will allow for the completion of works on a 2km stretch of roadway from Cornacloy to Stradrine,” he said, “eliminating most of the bad bends in Glenfarne in the process, with work expected to begin in early 2015.”
Cllr McDermott described this as ‘great news’ for the people of north Leitrim and paid special tribute to the staff of Leitrim County Council who have maintained pressure on the Government to secure funding for the works.
“They have been working behind the scenes to ensure that this project is ‘shovel ready’. This means that there will be no delays now that funding has been secured and Leitrim County Council should be congratulated for that.”
Cllr McDermott also praised Senator Michael Comiskey and the other local Fine Gael Oireachtas members for their work in securing the funding for the N16.
“This is substantial funding and it is even more impressive in that it has been secured at a time when money is scares,” he said.
Cllr McDermott also noted that it was a pity that other Local Authorities, north and south of the border along the N16 and A4 had not been so proactive in completing similar works along this major artery.
He called for land impacted by the now delayed new N16 corridor to be freed up in the wake of the realignment works noting that the “bigger picture where we see a completely new route, may never happen.”
SenatorMichael Comiskey has also welcomed the funding saying: “The completion of the first phase of the road has eliminated the danger associated with the previously dismal condition of the road. However, accidents are now occurring in the part that is awaiting the commencement of Cornacloy Phase Two.”
“The West of Ireland has so much to offer and it is important that we have the infrastructure in place to showcase our country to the best of it’s potential.
“I am confident that the completion of the N16 will causes an increase in the number of visitors to the West of Ireland,” he said.