Gridlock fears over £2.3m summer road schemes

Roads in and around Belfast look set for gridlock this summer after a major £2.3 million programme of road maintenance work was announced today by the Department for Regional Development.

The works include resurfacing schemes on the M1 starting at the end of April, the A2 Belfast to Bangor Road at Holywood, starting late May and the A2 Shore Road at Greenisland, scheduled for late July.

Commenting on the works, which have been described as "unavoidable", Joe Drew, Divisional Roads Manager said: “The budget for resurfacing road works in the Eastern Division has been increased by 20% and this investment will significantly help to reduce the backlog of necessary maintenance work on these key strategic routes.

"The works have been scheduled during the summer months to take advantage of reduced traffic flows, however, some delays will be inevitable and I would ask that motorists be patient.”

The resurfacing scheme on the M1 covers four separate sections of carriageway, between Lisburn and Lurgan and will start at the end of April. This work will be coordinated with the recently announced £6.4 million scheme to widen the M1 between Blacks Road and Stockman’s Lane, scheduled to start in mid July 2003 and to last for one year.


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