Major upgrade planned for Tom Bellew Ave

THE road at Tom Bellew Avenue is to be dramatically upgraded after Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar granted funding to Dundalk Town Council to the tune of e65,945.

THE road at Tom Bellew Avenue is to be dramatically upgraded after Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar granted funding to Dundalk Town Council to the tune of e65,945.

The project will see the enhancement of the cycling infrastructure that already partially exists in the areas adjoining the N52 Eastern Relief Road and will link it to the town centre at Seatown Place.

The works include a 200m extension of the existing two-way cycleway and footpath from Tom Bellew Avenue to the N52 and ramp upgrades at four roundabouts on Tom Bellew Avenue.

There will also be a toucon crossing at the Tom Bellew Avenue and N52 intersection.

Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick welcomed the minister’s allocation of funds, insisting he was “delighted” with the funding for the project.

He said the linking of the cycling infrastructure to the town centre was a welcome addition as it covered “two high catchment areas for travel to school and work.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Fitzpatrick has also welcomed the increase in funding for Louth County Council to maintain roads over the coming winter months.

He said: “I am very pleased to hear that Minister Varadkar has allocated an extra e1.25 million to help local authorities around the country with winter maintenance and keeping roads clear during harsh weather.

“The total being allocated nationally comes to e11.25 million with Louth County Council set to receive a total of e144,211, an increase of e16,023.

“This is a clear example of the minister planning ahead in a bid to avoid some of the delay and disruption experienced during the snow and ice earlier this year and late last year.”

Deputy Fitzpatrick said the additional funding was made available thanks to savings in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

He said he hoped that the additional 60,000 tonnes of salt being purchased by the department would help local authorities “react to tough conditions quickly, which will hopefully greatly reduce the disruption and difficulty experienced by members of the public.”