Resurfacing schemes for Cookstown and Magherafelt areas to get underway

REGIONAL Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced the start of £775,000 worth of resurfacing schemes within the Cookstown and Magherafelt Council areas.

The package encompasses £175,000 at Sixtowns Road in Straw, Draperstown, £250,000 at Coagh Road in Drumullan, Coagh, £150,000 at Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown and £200,000 at Magherafelt Road, Tobermore next week.

The work which is due to begin on 11 March includes the Sixtowns Road in Straw extending from the Whitewater Bridge to Tonagh Road, and the Magherafelt Road, Tobermore from the Clooney Road to Dromore Road. Both these schemes are within the Magherafelt District Council area.

Work planned for the Cookstown District Council area includes the Coagh Road in Drumullan extending from the Littlebridge Road to Drumagarrel Road and the Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown from Lissan Road to the Orritor Road.

Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy said: “This significant investment will greatly improve the strength and surface quality of a number of rural carriageways within the Mid-Ulster area and the important urban route within Cookstown.

“To help minimise any inconvenience to the travelling public and local businesses the majority of this work is programmed to be completed using off-peak lane closures.”

A full road closure at Sixtowns Road in Straw will be required to facilitate the final surfacing works. This will start on 29 March for one day. During the diversion traffic will be diverted via Doon Road and Derrynoyd Road.

A road closure at Coagh Road in Drumullan will also be required to facilitate the final surface course. This will begin on 26 March until 28 March and traffic will be diverted through Moneymore.

A road closure will also be necessary at Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown details will be publicised in April 2013 as work advances. This will require traffic being diverted through the town centre.

No closures are anticipated for the Magherafelt Road, Tobermore. During any off-peak lane closures two-way traffic flow will be maintained.

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.