£170,000 road scheme gets underway at Ballyronan

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Work has started on a £170,000 resurfacing scheme on the approach road into Ballyronan.

It is expected to take a month to complete the work along a 1.5km stretch of the Ballyronan Road from the village to the junction with the Oaklea Road.

It is understood that it will be necessary to close the road during the fourth week of the scheme to facilitate the final surfacing of the carriageway.

It will be necessary to close the road during the fourth week of the scheme to facilitate the final surfacing of the carriageway.

During this period traffic to and from the west of Ballyronan will be diverted via The Loup along the Ballyneill Road and Ballymulligan Road.

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed the start of the work.

“In February this year I highlighted the increasing number of complaints from local residents about the poor condition of the road surface,” said Mr McGlone.

“I contacted Roads Service to discuss concerns about the deteriorating surface and the increased risk to all road users and local residents.

Local SDLP Councillor Christine McFlynn added: “We fully expect TransportNI to keep the public informed of any changes to the planned schedule for this resurfacing scheme.

“However, local road users should be aware that some delays may be expected and that additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.”