By Patricia Devlin
ROAD Service has confirmed it is to fix a ‘dangerous’ section of road inside one of Magherafelt’s biggest housing areas.
Work is set to begin on resurfacing the entrance to the Sandybraes, Sandymount, Sandygrove and Salter’s Bridge developments after concerns were raised by residents last year.
Previously the Department of Regional Development had refused to move on calls to fix the road because responsibility for its maintenance belonged to a private developer, who went into liquidation in 2009, just before the completion of the new Salter’s Bridge Housing Development.
The road was left in such a state of disrepair that some gullies and kerbs are protruding up to two feet from the ground. Community representative Gary McCann pushed the department on the issue and highlighted the concern of residents, who feared that a fatality would occur on the heavily used street if it were not fixed.
Welcoming the news, Mr McCann: “After being forced to look at this eyesore for two years now, this long overdue good news will be very warmly welcomed by the residents of Sandybraes, Sandygrove and Sandymont.
“The corner adjacent to number 10 Sandybraes has been of most concern to residents, as it has not only been a hazard to drivers but has placed the safety of those children who play there in jeopardy and was simply unacceptable.
“I have been assured that the area around the stream/small river that had also been left dangerously exposed to children will be properly secured.”
“Most importantly there will now be a proper traffic flow system put in place for the first time since the construction site had begun. It is nothing short of a miracle that no one has been seriously injured or even killed.”
“It has not been made clear as yet if DRD will continue with the repairs to finish the Road, Footpaths and street lighting in the Saltersbridge area.
“This is yet another extreme hazard to the residents who can not even enjoy a simple walk due to the dangerous and unacceptable conditions that this development has been left in.”
Mr McCann said he hopes traffic calming measures will also be considered for the area.
Confirming this week that it was to begin work to fix the road, A DRD spokesperson said: “Roads Service can confirm that resurfacing works will be carried out at this location. The starting date for this work has yet to be finalised.”