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£500k for Newry resurfacing works

January 28, 2013

Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, has announced the start of two major resurfacing works costing over half a million pounds in the Newry area.

£260k funding has been secured to resurface the B113 Forkhill Road near Meigh, Newry with a further £250k earmarked to resurface the A25 Finnard Road, Newry.

Danny Kennedy said: “The works at Meigh will comprise of approximately 2km of carriageway resurfacing of the B113 Forkhill Road, Newry from the Low Road to Meigh village.

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improvements will provide new surfacing to the carriageways and where necessary the drainage and associated footways will also be improved.”

Works commenced after Christmas for approximately four weeks.

A road closure for the surfacing works has been in effect from Monday 21 January for two weeks.

The Forkhill Road will be closed to through traffic, from its junction with U5344 Low Road to its junction with C217 Railway Road, 8.00am to 18.00pm, Monday to Friday, from Monday 21 January 2013 to Friday 1 February 2013.

An alternative route for through traffic will be via B113 Forkhill Road, A1 Dublin Road, A25 Camlough/Newry Road, B30 Sturgan Brae/ Crossmaglen Road, B134 Longfield Road, B113 Newry Road. During the works, access will be available to local residents and businesses within the length of the work.

Mr Kennedy also confirmed a second £250k scheme for the A25 Finnard Road, between Newry and Rathfriland will start shortly.

“Works will commence shortly on preparatory works for the resurfacing of approximately 3km of the A25 Finnard road, Newry from Shinn Cross to just south of Ardarragh Road. The improvements will provide new surfacing to the carriageways and where necessary the drainage and associated footways will also be improved. Works will begin on Monday 28 January for approximately seven weeks.”

In order to facilitate the works and ensure the safety of workers and the public, lane closures and a four week road closure will be required to complete the surfacing works.

During the works, access will be available to local residents and businesses within the length of the work. The scheme is expected to be substantially completed on Friday 15 March.

The above planned dates are dependent on weather conditions and Roads Service will keep the public informed of any change.

Roads Service 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.

Road users are also advised to observe the speed restrictions, the road closure and the direction signs at all times and to cooperate with site personnel in the interests of safety whilst these improvement works are being carried out.

All dates are subject to favourable weather conditions and road users can keep up to date with any revisions using the Roadworks Report on www.TrafficwatchNI.com.

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