A bridge too far at Derryloran?

A ROAD widening scheme to alleviate traffic congestion at Derryloran bridge in Cookstown is taking longer than expected and now has a completion date of September.

Work started just before Christmas on the widening of the bridge at Drum Road at a cost of around £250,000.

The scheme was expected to last around six months and according to the DRD, the carriageway and footway were narrow, thus creating a hazard for oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. Around 12,000 cars pass along the route each day.

Concerns had also been expressed over the need to remove remains from Derryloran Old Graveyard.

The MAIL understands that a meeting was held recently where it was announced that work on the scheme would run into the summer months.

A DRD Roads Service spokesperson said work at the widening of Derryloran Bridge at the Drum Road is progressing well with the delivery of ‘flexi’ arch extension to the existing bridge.

“The existing traffic control measures will remain in place until June when the extent of them will be reduced. Some reduced form of traffic control measures will remain in place over the summer months with the work completing in September 2012,” added the DRD representative.

Cookstown Ulster Unionist Councillor Trevor Wilson said it is disappointing that the scheme appears to be behind schedule but pointed out that this is vital work which has to be carried out.

“I appeal to Roads Service to keep disruption to a minimum while all this work is on going.

“As someone who travels along this road every day, I can fully understand the frustrations of drivers but after talking to Roads Service, they have assured me the disruption would be kept to a minimum,” he added.