Potholes will cause an accident: motorist warns

February 9, 2015

Huge potholes, which have developed on a stretch of the main Crossmaglen to Newry road, will be the cause of a serious accident according to a local motorist whose car was “almost wrecked” when she hit one while travelling on the road recently.

Having contacted The Examiner to highlight the state of the road, the driver says motorists are forced to cross onto the opposite side to avoid the pothole, a move that will increase the likelihood of an accident occurring on the busy route.

The stretch of road close to the ‘Happy Days’ junction at Mullaghbawn is littered with potholes, with one in particular extending to more than a metre in length and a similar width.  It is this particular area of erosion that forces motorists to cross the white line to avoid causing damage to their vehicle.   Indeed, The Examiner understands a number of motorists, unable to avoid the pothole, have reportedly sustained damage to their vehicle as a result.

We raised the issue with the Department of Regional Development, who confirmed the road has been earmarked for repair.

A spokesman for DRD said: “Roads across Northern Ireland are inspected on a regular basis and any defects identified are prioritised for repair based on the severity of the defect and the volume of traffic using the road.

“Instances of damage to vehicles are investigated once they have been received by the Department. The Department is aware of a number of defects at this junction on the B30 and works are being scheduled.”