MLA’s welcome road upgrades for Mid-Ulster

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MID-ULSTER MLA’s Ian McCrea and Sandra Overend have welcomed the news of the £360,000 roads update in Cookstown and Magherafelt.

DUP Mid Ulster MLA, Ian McCrea said: “Having raised the need for these works to be carried out on Cemetery Road with Roads Service for some time, I am delighted that the Minister has agreed to provide the necessary funds of £110,000 which has allowed the scheme to begin preliminary works this month, with an estimated completion date in early November.

“I also warmly welcome the £250,000 investment for the Ballynease Road from Bellaghy to the Ballymacombs Road, which has preliminary works set to begin on 21 October with works hoped to be finished late November.

“These road are busy routes and receive a high volume of traffic and I am delighted to see such heavy investment pumped in Mid Ulster roads. I want to urge roads users to plan their journeys, taking into consideration these road works and the potential for delays.”

UUP MLA Sandra Overend also welcomed the roads improvements saying: “I welcome my Ulster Unionist Party colleague Danny Kennedy’s commitment of some £360,000 to improve the Mid-Ulster roads network. This is another substantial investment from the Transport Minister and will bring improvements to the surface quality of two much used routes.

“The A54 Ballynease Road from Bellaghy to the Ballymacombs Road is to be resurfaced at a cost of £250,000, whilst in Cookstown £110,000 is to be spent in resurfacing the Cemetery Road from Church Street to Westland Road South.

“Preliminary work has already started on Cemetery Road, Cookstown, with the scheme expected to take a total of four weeks to complete. A two-day road closure to facilitate final surfacing works will be required, with this scheduled to take place on 6 and 7 November 2013. A diversion will be in place from Westland Road South via the Drum Road and Church Street or the Fairhill Road and Chapel Street.

“Preliminary work is due to take place on the Ballynease Road from 21 October 2013, with the scheme scheduled to be completed by the 22 November 2013. Road closures to facilitate works will take place in two stages, with the first to commence on 13 November 2013 for a period of three days and the second from 20 November 2013 for a period of three days. Traffic will be diverted via the Gulladuff Road and the Moyagall Road through Clady.

“Whilst Roads Service has taken steps to minimise any inconvenience to the public, I would urge motorists to be aware of the planned road closures, and that some delays may be expected so additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.”