Hazzard Welcomes £230k Road Improvements for Ballynahinch
The scheme which will see a 450 metre stretch of the A24 Belfast Road re-surfaced will begin on Friday 25 October with work expected to be completed by Monday 4 November.
Mr Hazzard said: “I very much welcome this investment by Roads Service. I have campaigned for some time now to have the infrastructure around Ballynahinch improved and brought up to a similar standard as other towns in the north of a similar size. I am confident that the improvements will offer long term benefits both for road users and the town’s economic development.
“Local people will also welcome the news but I will be reminding Roads Service that a by-pass scheme for Ballynahinch must remain a priority for them moving into the future. Ballynahinch cannot continue to suffer from the severe traffic problems associated with the town, which I fear have stalled economic development for both Ballynahinch and the wider Down district.
“The stretch of A24 road to be re-surfaced includes from the A24 Belfast Road junction to the Redburn Heights junction, just past Assumption Grammar. I am pleased to learn that Roads Service will carry out the bulk of their work during weekends and at night, which will undoubtedly assist with easing disruption to people’s routines and journeys.”
Six temporary overnight weekend road closures will be necessary with through-traffic being diverted from 8pm to 8am/7am over two weekend periods. The temporary road closures are as follows:
1. 8.00 pm Friday 25 Oct to 8.00am Saturday 26 October;
2. 8.00 pm Saturday 26 October to 8.00am Sunday 27 October;
3. 8.00 pm Sunday 27 October to 6.00am Monday 28 October;
4. 8.00 pm Friday 1 Nov Oct to 8.00am Saturday 2 Nov;
5. 8.00 pm Saturday 2 Nov to 8.00am Sunday 3 Nov;
6. 8.00 pm Sunday 3 November to 6.00am Monday 4 November.
Traffic will be diverted via Saintfield and Crossgar during these periods of closure and preparation works will also be carried out between 9.30am to 4.30pm from Mon 28 October to Friday 1 November under traffic control.