By Roisin Henderson
A troublesome Omagh road, that previously DfI Roads had no money to repair, is now going to be resurfaced thanks to a fresh injection of cash.
The poor state of Townview Avenue in the town had previously been raised by local councillors, and it was decided that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council should write to the Department of Infrastructure asking for the busy thoroughfare to be resurfaced.
Divisional roads manager with the department, Conor Loughrey, has now replied to the council, stating his hope that the road could be repaired within a few months.
“The condition of this section of road was a concern of the maintenance section but with limited initial funding available in 2017/2018 and other higher priority demands, it was not possible to include Townview Avenue within the initial resurfacing programmes,” Mr Loughrey said in a letter to the council.
“However, I am pleased to advise that some additional in-year funding has been secured and it is now our intention to include a section of this road in the resurfacing programme.
“The design of the scheme is currently being progressed and it is intended that works will be carried out before the end of the financial year.”
Cllr Josephine Deehan welcomed that additional funding had been found, pointing out the terrible state the road is in currently.
Cllr Errol Thompson also welcomed the news but said he was slightly concerned the letter only confirmed part of the road was to be repaired.
“They’re talking about doing a section of the road. I’d like to see the entire thing done,” he said.
“The road is about a quarter-of-a-mile long and they’re talking about stopping 200m from the end.”
Cllr Bert Wilson then proposed that the council write to the department requesting the main road in Sixmilecross be repaired.
“It’s in a really bad state,” he said. “For one of our local villages it should’ve been sorted out long ago.”