Essential Maintenance Works to recommence on M3 Lagan Bridge, Belfast

Date published: 09 July 2024

A £700,000 major maintenance scheme to replace 10 bearings on the M3 Lagan Bridge will recommence next weekend from 19 to 22 July 2024.

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This significant investment will have long term benefits in restoring and ensuring long term maintenance of the bridge enabling it to carry current and future traffic levels along this key route.

Subject to favourable weather conditions the work is now scheduled to take place over the next five consecutive weekends; 19 - 22 July 2024; 26 - 29 July 2024; 2 – 5 August 2024; 9 – 12 August 2024; and 16 – 19 August 2024.

To complete the works the following road and lane closures will be in operation over the following weekends: -

  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 19 July until 6.00 am on Monday 22 July 2024 the M3 Nelson Street On Slip will be closed on the east bound side;
  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 26 July 2024 until 6.00 am on Monday 29 July 2024 the M3 will be closed on the east bound side with no access from the M2;
  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 2 August 2024 until 6.00 am on Monday 5 August 2024 the M3 will be closed on the west bound side with access reduced to one lane from the Sydenham bypass and all traffic exiting at Nelson Street;
  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 9 August 2024 until 6.00 am on Monday 12 August 2024 the M3 Middlepath Street On Slip and Nelson Street Off Slip will be closed on the west bound side.
  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 16 August 2024 until 6.00 am on Monday 19 August 2024 the M3 will be closed on the east bound side with no access from the M2.

During these periods a diversion route will be signed as follows: -

  • For westbound traffic closures a diversion will be signed from A2 Sydenham Bypass to M2 Foreshore and will include Bridge End Flyover, Bridge End, Queen’s Bridge, Ann Street, Victoria Street, Dunbar Link Great Patrick Street and York Street.
  • For eastbound traffic closures a diversion route will be signed from M2 Foreshore to Sydenham Bypass and will include Duncrue Street, Garmoyle Street, Dock Street, Nelson Street, Great Patrick Street, Waring Street, Albert Square, Queen Elizabeth Bridge and Middlepath Street.

The Department has carefully planned these bridge works and associated traffic management arrangements to minimise inconvenience to the public. Road users are advised to allow extra time for their journey and to follow the alternative routes which will be clearly signed on the approaches to the closure.

Completion of the work by 19 August 2024 is subject to favourable weather conditions, however, the Department will keep the public informed of any change.  

The Department would like to thank the travelling public advance for their cooperation while these much-needed works are completed.

For traffic information about this and other improvement schemes visit: Trafficwatch

Notes to editors: 

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