Planning for the next phase of the N56 –Inver Bridge to Killybegs


Planning for the next phase of the N56 –Inver Bridge to Killybegs needs to be progressed now –Eimear Mc Guinness.

-No plans are in place for N56 road upgrade between Inver Bridge and Killybegs; this will mean delays in upgrading the worst section of N56 –

- Resurfacing works to commence shortly on existing road which is welcome but we need to plan for the future capacity needs-

 

The failure to progress a route selection for the N56 between Inver Bridge and the Five Points, Killybegs will cause delays in the future upgrading of this section of the road stated Eimear Mc Guinness.

The current road improvement works which are ongoing between Mountcharles and Inver Bridge will make a massive improvement for all road users but the section of the N56 from Inver Bridge to Killybegs has no current plans approved by either the Council or Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), which will now mean once the current works are completed to Inver Bridge, there are no further sections of the road which can be improved  due to the fact no plans exist to carry out works between Inver Bridge and Killybegs  added Eimear.

 

The current sections of the N56 between Mountcharles and Inver Bridge which are undergoing upgrade works were planned for and approved for route designs between 2007/2008, but no further route selections were approved for the remaining sections of this road.  Unfortunately, since then no further planning for road upgrade for the remaining section of the road to Killybegs has been completed or carried out, I feel this was a missed opportunity and one which will now cost us in the years ahead, as we are now in a position whereby we have no further plans in place at present for the next phases of upgrading works on the N56 leading to Killybegs, this National Secondary Road also serves as the access route to the R263 which connects  into the entire Slieve Liag Peninsula covering Kilcar -Glencolmcille  stated Eimear.

 

Whilst I acknowledge the works that are ongoing on the N56 at present  and the additional works which will commence shortly, namely the substantial Surface Replacement works between Bruckless and Dunkineely which a contractor has been appointed for and the surface upgrading works which will also take place from Dunkineely to Inver-which a contractor will shortly be appointed for  – but, all of these works will be on the on the existing road and involve placing a new surface on the existing road. The existing road certainly requires a renewal works due to the poor state of the existing surface but, upgrading of the entire road must be planned for in order to sustain the development of the Killybegs Harbour Centre not to mention for the benefit of the communities that use this road on a daily basis.

 

Eimear added we need to plan for the future and that will involve pressurising the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to grant approval to Donegal County Council to proceed to explore route options and progress through the various planning stages for the N56 between Inver Bridge and the Five Points, Killybegs - failure to achieve this or to put plans in place now will result in massive delays in the future upgrading of the of the N56. The sections between Inver Bridge and the Five Points in Killybegs are probably the worst sections of the N56 left especially for the traffic volumes which use this road on a daily basis concluded Eimear Mc Guinness.









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