Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a £250,000 major carriageway resurfacing scheme on the B7 Bavan Road / Drumlough Road, Mayobridge.
The resurfacing works extend a distance of approximately 2.4 kilometres from its junction with the B8 Newry road in Mayobridge village to just beyond its junction with the Ballydoo Road. Preparatory work has begun on the scheme which is expected to be completed in late January 2017.
Minister Hazzard said:
“In October my Department received £15 million from Executive’s First Step Stimulus package to invest in roads maintenance. This scheme is one of a number to benefit from that funding boost and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to improve transport connections and maintain a network that is fit for purpose.
“This significant investment of £250,000 will greatly improve the strength and surface quality of this road, address ongoing maintenance problems and deliver benefits for the local community for many years to come.”
Due to the narrow road width along this stretch of road and to protect the safety of the travelling public and contractors it will be necessary to close the road during the works. The temporary road closure will operate until 5.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016.
Traffic is to be diverted via B7 Drumlough Road, A25 Newry Road, A25 Downpatrick Street, B25 Rathfriland and B8 Hilltown Road.
A further three week closure will be necessary in early January to complete the works.
The above planned dates are subject to favourable weather conditions and TransportNI will keep the public informed of any change.
TransportNI has carefully programmed the works operations and traffic management arrangements in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public, however motorists should be aware that some delays may be expected and that additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.
For more information about this and other improvement schemes visit: www.trafficwatchni.com.
Notes to editors:
- All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007. Out of hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07623 974 383.
- Follow the Department on Twitter @deptinfra