Road improvement scheme for Kempe Stones Road Roundabout, Newtownards

Date published: 13 May 2021

A £230,000 resurfacing scheme on the A20 Kempe Stones Roundabout, Newtownards will commence on Monday 24 May 2021.

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The improvement work will include resurfacing of the roundabout plus a short distance into each connecting road. 

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: 

“This significant investment will greatly improve the strength and surface quality of this roundabout.  This will benefit all who use it including businesses and residents in the area.  I would like to thank the travelling public and local residents in advance for their cooperation while these much needed works are completed.”

To complete the scheme safely traffic management measures will be in place from Monday 24 May until Friday 28 May 2021 between the hours of 7.00 pm and 6.00 am.  During these times a diversion will be in place. The Kempe Stones Road itself will be closed from the Old Belfast Road in the direction of Newtownards only.  Traffic will be diverted off the A20 Kempe Stones Road dual carriageway in Dundonald and along the Old Belfast Road.  Traffic seeking to access the roundabout from Newtownards will be diverted along Old Belfast Road towards Dundonald.

Each of the side roads at the roundabout - the Blair Mayne Road South, Nursery Road and Blair Mayne Road North will be closed.  Access and egress from Ards shopping centre will be facilitated although there may be some short delays.                 

The road will be open to traffic during the day Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.  Local access for residents and emergency services will be maintained at all times during the works although some delays may be experienced. 

The Department has carefully planned these road works and associated traffic management arrangements in order 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.

In order to help ensure the safety of road users and road workers, the public is asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions and to take extra care when travelling in the vicinity of the works.

Substantial Completion of the work by 28 May 2021 is dependent on favourable weather conditions.  The Department will keep the public informed of any change.  All work will be carried out in line with current public health and health and safety advice, with safe systems of work in place for staff and contractors.

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

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