Roads: Transport Minister praises progress in Newtownabbey schemes


£29 million roads investment on track

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has praised the completion of £29.3 million of road schemes in the Newtownabbey area over the past year.

Speaking ahead of this week’s meeting between the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and Newtownabbey Council, Mr Kennedy said: “In the Newtownabbey area, despite ever increasing demands on budgets, DRD invested £29.3million in delivering a comprehensive range of road schemes and maintenance work.

Commenting on the £130million A8 dualling, the Minister added: “The scheme has reached an important milestone with the completion by the contractor of one million working hours. Road construction continues apace with over 65,000 tonnes of blacktop laid, this represents about 22 per cent of the total paving operation. Another major milestone will soon be achieved when the £930,000 A57 Templepatrick Road bridge opens to traffic.

“The scheme is now around 50 per cent complete and is on programme to open to traffic in spring 2015. Total expenditure on the scheme during the 2013/14 financial year in the Newtownabbey Council area was approximately £22 million.”

Regarding the dualing of the A2 Shore Road between Jordanstown Road and Seapark, the Minister continued: “Work which began on site in March 2013 is now at its halfway point through the very tight 120 week programme and is on schedule for completion in summer 2015.

“Construction of the north bound carriageway is well established with accommodation works in most properties at an advanced stage while work on the off-line section between Station Road and Seapark is also progressing well, with the construction of the accommodation bridge underway. “Total expenditure on the scheme during the 2013/14 financial year in the Newtownabbey Council area was approximately £2.4million.”

The Minister revealed that carriageway resurfacing had cost £990,000, including the B90 Old Carrick Road, B59 Mill Road/ Main Street Doagh, C37 Trenchill Road and the A6 Antrim Road, Mallusk. Over 3.3 km of footway was resurfaced at a cost of £248,000.

Divisional Roads Manager Deidre Mackle outlined other completed work, including the footway on the western side of Jordanstown Road between Lynda Avenue and Jordanstown railway halt, the provision of traffic signals, replacement of the vehicle restraint system and high friction surfacing at the junction of Doagh Road / Old Carrick Road / Lodge Row.