Mid-Ulster to benefit from £360k road resurfacing schemes


COOKSTOWN and Magherafelt are set to benefit from two road resurfacing schemes totalling £360,000.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy announced the start of the work which involves both Cookstown and Magherafelt districts.

The work in Magherafelt District Council area involves £250,000 of resurfacing on the A54 Ballynease Road from the village of Bellaghy to the Ballymacombs Road.

The work planned for the Cookstown District Council area involves £110,000 of resurfacing on the U9 Cemetery Road from Church Street to Westland Road South.

The Minister said: “This significant investment will greatly improve the strength and surface quality of these busy routes within the Mid-Ulster area.”

To help minimise any inconvenience to the travelling public and local communities the majority of this work is programmed to be completed using lane closures, however in order to ensure the safety of the public and site personnel, some road closures will be required.

Preliminary work started on Cemetery Road on the 8 October 2013. This scheme, which is expected to take a total of four weeks to complete, will require a two-day road closure to facilitate the laying of the final surfacing works. The closure is programmed for the 6 and 7 November 2013. The diversion will be from Westland Road South via the Drum Road and Church Street or the Fairhill Road and Chapel Street.

Preliminary work is planned to commence on the Ballynease Road on 21 October 2013. This scheme is programmed to be completed by the 22 November 2013. Road closures will be required to facilitate strengthening and surfacing works. The first closure will commence on 13 November 2013 for a period of three days. The second closure to accommodate the final surfacing will be from 20 November 2013 for a period of three days. During these closures traffic will be diverted via the Gulladuff Road and the Moyagall Road through Clady.

The above planned dates are subject to favourable weather conditions and Roads Service will keep the public informed of any change.

Roads Service has carefully programmed the works operations and traffic management arrangements in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public, however motorists should be aware that some delays may be expected and that additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.