Work on the Strathroy Link road and Hunters Crescent flood wall scheme in Omagh has begun.
The 1km road will run between a new roundabout on the Derry Road, close to where it joins the existing roundabout at the northern end of the Omagh through-pass and the Strathroy Road close to Strathroy Dairies.
Divisional Roads Manager Conor Loughrey said; “This strategically important scheme will improve connectivity around the northern side of Omagh and thus reduce congestion within the town. It will also bring a welcome improvement to the flood protection in the Derry road area.
“When complete the single carriageway will include a shared footway/cycleway, the construction of a new 100m long concrete bridge over the River Strule and the replacement of the existing 330m long flood wall at Hunters Crescent.”
The contract for the works has been awarded to local firm, Fox Contracts of Carrickmore and works on the road will commence at the Derry road side of the River Strule with the floodwall being replaced before the end of the year. The work is scheduled to take 66 week to complete.
Disruption to traffic will be limited as most of the work will be carried out on a green field site, however some short road closures and diversions may be required to facilitate the tie-in’s to the existing road network which will be well signposted in advance.
Unavoidable disturbance to residents at Hunters Crescent and Ashgrove Park during the construction of the new floodwall will be kept to a minimum as far as is possible.
The dates and duration of the road closures will be dependent on the progress of the scheme and on favourable weather conditions. In order to help ensure the safety of road users and road workers, the public are asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions and to drive with care when travelling in the vicinity of the works.
For more information about this and other improvement schemes visit: www.trafficwatchni.com.
Notes to editors:
- The works which will cost approximately £5million are being funded by the Department of Education as part of the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the Strule Shared Education Campus. Design and supervision costs for the new road and costs for the flood wall replacement totalling almost £2million are funded by the Department of Infrastructure
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