South Armagh roads included in list of Roads Service resurfacing plans

September 30, 2013

The news that a number of roads in the south Armagh area have been included on a Roads Service list for resurfacing work has been met with great satisfaction by Sinn Fein Councillors Anthony Flynn, Terry Hearty and Colman Burns.

Included in the scheme is a section of the main Crossmaglen to Newry B30 road, which will undergo a £210,000 upgrade at Silverbridge.

Speaking after the recent meeting of Newry & Mourne District Council with Roads Service, Councillor Colman Burns said: “Work will shortly be commencing on the B30 from Fords Cross to the Drumalt Road junction.  This is a welcome development as people who use this road will know that it is in a state of disrepair which must be addressed.

“I am happy that Roads Service have taken my concerns on board and that they are acting on my suggestion that these new road works do not commence until November to ensure that the current work on the Cully Road has been completed.”

Councillor Terry Hearty also welcomed confirmation that the route from the corner of the Culloville Road at Crossmaglen Square to the Lissraw Road would also be included in the resurfacing scheme.

He said; “I have had concerns about the safety of this road for quite a while now and I urged Roads Service to undergo the upgrade as soon as possible.  As such, preparation work has already started and the resurfacing will be complete in the next few weeks.

“I have also asked Roads Service to look at the road markings and signage at the Culloville corner and asked them to include rumple strips on this section of the road.  I reiterated to them the importance of adequate safety measures at this corner as it has seen a high number of accidents. People unfamiliar with the road seem to be unaware of the directions here and often drive straight across the road onto the square,” he added.

Roads Service also confirmed that they would be carrying out upgrades on a number of footpaths in Crossmaglen.

Meanwhile Forkhill Councillor Anthony Flynn has welcomed the fact that part of Jonesboro village has been included in the list.

“I have received confirmation that the road from the bottom of Church Hill to the shop in Jonesboro will be resurfaced over the coming weeks.  This is welcome news as the upgrade is much needed,” he said.

All three Councillors requested that members of the public assist Roads Service in the completion of these works by adhering to any traffic calming measures which are put in place.