Transport Minister Announces £290,000 Road Improvements For Downpatrick

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that work on a £290,000 resurfacing scheme in Downpatrick is now set to begin.

The works to commence on 29 July have been welcomed by Downpatrick Councillor Liam Johnston as a “timely improvement”.

Resurfacing of a 700m stretch of the B176 Killough Road between the junction at Ardglass Road and the area adjacent to St. Colmcille’s Church with work expected to be completed by Friday 9 August.

[caption id="attachment_40992" align="alignleft" width="295"]Down District Councillor Liam Johnston has welcomed road improvements on the Killough Road in Downpatrick. Down District Councillor Liam Johnston has welcomed road improvements on the Killough Road in Downpatrick.[/caption]

Minister Kennedy said: “This £290,000 scheme represents a significant investment in the roads infrastructure in the Downpatrick area.

“Once work is complete, road users will quickly realise the long-term benefits from the new road surface along the stretch.”

Councillor Liam Johnston said: “These timely improvements to the road come at just when the surface has deteriorated badly. Thi stsretch of raod see quite heavy traffic to the Ballymote Centre, the new Ballymote Spprts and Wellbeing centre, and owards to the industrial site and top Killough.

“While I welcome these improvements we do have to keep this in perspective as the Downpatrick traffic system still needs to be improved and as we have the Downshire Estate hub close, the new Down Hospital and and ever busy enterprise estate.

“There will be some disruption for up to ten days but it will make a huge difference to traffic in this area,”  added Councillor Johnston”

Temporary road closure will be necessary with through-traffic being diverted from 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday toFriday and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday 3 August. Diversions will be via the B1 Ardglass Road and U251 Flying Horse Road. All diversions will be clearly signposted.

Roads Service aims to keep disruptions to a minimum, however, delays should be expected and drivers are asked to be patient and allow additional time when planning journeys in the area whilst the road improvements are being carried out.

“With all work of this nature, extreme weather can impact on the completion date. Roads Service will advise the public of any unexpected change to the schedule.