Mallon announces the start of £215,000 resurfacing scheme on Shean Road, Forkhill

Date published: 17 January 2020

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that a £215,000 carriageway resurfacing scheme on the Shean Road, Forkhill is set to begin on Monday 27 January 2020.

Road improvement works graphic

The resurfacing work will extend a distance of 1200 metres from the border with County Louth to Fairview, Forkhill.

Minister Mallon said:

This is a significant investment in this border road connecting people in Armagh and Louth. The work will greatly enhance the road surface and will better connect the local community and visitors in the area for many years to come. We in DfI are working with our stakeholders to co-ordinate these essential roadworks and are publishing details in advance to help people plan alternate routes and manage disruption.

“I am committed to delivering the infrastructure needed to better connect people across our island and grow the all island economy - schemes like this are key to achieving that vision.”

To help ensure the safety of those using the roads, it will be necessary to operate a daily weekday road closure between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday 27 January until Friday 6 March.  Access will be as per the signed diversion routes.

The road will be open to traffic in the evenings during the week and all day Saturday and Sunday. 

The Department has programmed the work and traffic management arrangements to minimise any inconvenience, however, drivers should expect some delays and are advised to leave additional time when planning any journeys.

Completion of the work by 6 March, is dependent on favourable weather conditions.

For traffic information about this and other improvement schemes visit:

Notes to editors: 

  1. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007 or email: Out of hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.
  2. During the daily weekday road closure (Monday – Friday) between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday 27 January until Friday 6 March, a diversion will be in place via Main Street, Church Road, Carrickastickan Road and L3104, R177, L3113 in County Louth and vice versa.
  3. The Department may take photographs and videos at announcements and events to publicise its work. Photographs, interviews, videos or other recordings may be issued to media organisations for publicity purposes or used in promotional material, including in publications, newspapers, magazines, other print media, on television, radio and electronic media (including social media and the internet). Photographs and videos will also be stored on the Department’s internal records management system. The Department will keep the photographs and recordings for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which they have been obtained. The Department’s Privacy Policy is available on our website.
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