29/04/2003

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.

(MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

19 September 2018
Up To 100 Roads Closed As Storm Ali Hits NI
A growing number of roads across Northern Ireland are closed due to adverse weather conditions as a result of Storm Ali.
02 March 2018
Schools Closures Across NI
The Department of Education have published a list of all schools across that have confirmed they will be closed today, Friday 2nd March, 2018 due to the adverse weather conditions.
20 September 2018
Number Of Roads Remain Closed Following Storm Ali
A number of roads remain closed across Northern Ireland following the damage caused by Storm Ali. The following roads are still closed, however the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is working to clear the obstructions along with its multiagency partners.
07 January 2014
Two Road Improvement Schemes For Newcastle
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has said work is to commence next week on two road improvement schemes in Newcastle, Co Down. The schemes will total £324,000. Work on a £270,000 resurfacing scheme on the U6208 Shimna Road, Newcastle, and a £54,000 resurfacing scheme on Park Avenue, Newcastle, is to start on Monday 13 January 2014.
19 October 2011
£4.5m Ards' Roads Investment Underway
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy (pictured) has set out Roads Service's progress on investments totalling £4.5million for maintenance schemes in the Ards Borough this year.