Motorists face ‘extreme danger’ due to road surface erosion

September 2, 2013

The area of the main B30 Crossmaglen to Newry road at Creggan Bridge has become extremely dangerous to motorists due to surface erosion, Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns has claimed

Councillor Burns explained,”This section of the Newry Road, at Creggan Bridge, was resurfaced in the summertime, using the ‘stone chippings’ method. Shortly after this work was completed, the weather was extremely hot with the result that the tar melted and all the chipping stones lifted. What we are left with is a shiny and very slippery road surface that is extremely dangerous to all road users.

“This is especially hazardous for cars turning right on to Donaldson’s Road. These vehicles have to slow down or stop on the Newry Road, until they are free to cross, leaving them very vulnerable to other vehicles coming up from behind,”

Councillor Burns pointed out that he has been in contact with Roads Service officials and asked that the situation be remedied quickly.

“ As the weather gets wetter and the school buses are back travelling on the roads, this becomes an even more serious situation,” he said.

“In the meantime I would ask people to exercise caution when they are travelling on this section of road and be aware of the glassy road surface, especially when conditions are wet.”