Carthy urges progress on Ballinacarry Bridge works
Local Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy, has confirmed that he will continue to demand the speedy delivery of necessary roadworks on the Castleblayney to Dundalk road including the long-awaited improvement works at Ballinacarry Bridge.
The local Dáil Deputy recently raised the matter in the Dáil with the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan. In a response received from officials in the Department, Carthy was informed:
“Planning and design work on the proposed N53 Hackballscross to Rassan road improvement scheme is being undertaken by Louth County Council, which is the road authority for the area, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) provided an allocation of €300,000 to the Council this year to enable this work to progress.
“The proposed scheme involves the realignment of approximately 3km of the N53 national secondary route. A further allocation of €50,000 was provided by TII to Monaghan County Council this year for the proposed N53 Ballinacarry Bridge improvement scheme which is currently being progressed by the Council and is at early planning stage”.
Speaking this week Deputy Carthy said:
“The Castleblayney to Dundalk road is one of the busiest regional routes in the border region. In recent years some improvement works have been carried out and are to be welcomed.
“Much more is required, and I will continue to press the Department and the relevant local authorities to expediate all expenditure to ensure that there are no undue delays once funding has been allocated.
“In particular, I will work closely with my local Councillor colleagues to secure the speedy implementation of the necessary safety improvement works at Ballinacarry Bridge. This black-spot has been raised by Sinn Féin over several years, especially through the dogged efforts of our longstanding Councillor, Jackie Crowe, and the required works cannot be subjected to any further delays.”