Hazzard announces £160,000 road improvement scheme for Downpatrick

Date published: 13 June 2016


Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard announced that work on a resurfacing scheme on the A7 Belfast Road, Downpatrick starts today Monday 13 June 2016.

Infrastructure Minister Hazzard

The scheme will involve the resurfacing of a 1.1 kilometre stretch of the A7 Belfast Road from 180 metres north of the B2 Annacloy Road Junction to Bell’s Hill, Crossgar.

Minister Hazzard said:

“This £160,000 scheme represents a significant investment in the roads infrastructure on the A7 Downpatrick to Belfast route.

“Once work is complete, road users will quickly realise the long term benefits from the new road surface along the stretch.”

The works will be carried out under temporary traffic control from 9.15 am 4.30 pm daily excluding Sundays. The scheme will be completed under a road closure in July.  However, details of this closure have yet to be finalised.

To facilitate the resurfacing work a temporary 40mph speed limit will be in operation on the A7 Belfast Road, Downpatrick from 120 metres north of its junction with B2 Annacloy Road, a distance of 1.2 kilometres, to a point 90 metres south of its junction with Crossgar Road East, from 8.00 am on Monday 20 June 2016 to 8.00 pm on Friday 8 July 2016.

TransportNI aims to keep disruption to a minimum, however, delays should be expected and drivers are asked to be patient and allow additional time when planning journeys in the area whilst the road improvements are being carried out.

With all work of this nature extreme weather can impact on the completion date. TransportNI will advise the public of any unexpected change to the schedule.

Notes to editors: 

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