Road resurfacing work welcomed

January 26, 2010

The planned resurfacing work, which is to be carried out on of some roads in the south Armagh area, has been welcomed by local politicians.

Sinn Fein councillor Colman Burns has welcomed the news that the Bog Road in Cullyhanna is to be resurfaced in the coming weeks.

“Like many roads in the district, the Bog Road has deteriorated badly this winter due to the weather conditions. The people living along the road have been very patient over the past number of years as they waited their turn to get some meaningful work done to the road. Thankfully, their patience has been rewarded and they will shortly have a new surface on the road,” the councillor said.

Mr Burns pointed out that repair work on the nearby Cloghogue Road is also to be carried out in the coming weeks.

“Unfortunately, many roads are in very bad condition at present. Councillors in the area will continue to bring these roads to the attention of Roads Service and, hopefully, the worst of these roads will receive attention in the coming weeks and months.”

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley says the planned resurfacing of roads around Cullyhanna was welcome, but there was a great deal of work to be done to return roads in south Armagh to an acceptable condition.

Speaking after a recent meeting with the area manager of Roads Service, Mr Bradley said: “I was pleased to hear about plans for resurfacing of Bog Road, Old Road, Cloghoge Road (B135) and part of the main Dundalk-Armagh Road (A29). But the damage done by frost and flooding was absolutely enormous and we can expect a lot more potholes and cracking to show up because February and March are generally the hardest for road surfaces.

“It is hard to see how all this work can be done out of existing resources without impacting on other repair and maintenance plans.  But it must be done and quickly, otherwise our roads will crumble to the point where much more costly repairs will become necessary.”