Wednesday, 4 July 2018

DUNGANNON motorists have been warned to expect "major traffic delays" throughout the summer as large swathes of the town will be subject to roadworks throughout July and August.
For a period of seven weeks straight, from 16th July to 2nd September, there will be roadworks at some point in the town, with several of the schemes overlapping with each other.
Works will be carried out at various points on Moy Road, Newell Road, Thomas Street, John Street, Railway Street, Railway Park, Washingford Row and Beechvalley Way.
And probably the most significant disruption will be caused by the closure of the A29 Moy Road for two full weeks in the second half of July, the main route into the town from the M1.
Some of the works will be for resurfacing projects, while others will be closed to facilitate the laying of gas pipes for the 'Gas to the West' scheme.
The first closure will be on the Moy Road for the installation of gas pipes.
It will be closed entirely for a fortnight and during the second week of works the Newell Road will also be reduced to a single lane of traffic for the first of three weeks of resurfacing work there.
During the second week of works on Newell Road, Washingford Row in Milltown will then be closed.
After that, Thomas Street will be closed entirely for nine days while gas pipe installation will also be carried out in Railway Park before John Street and Railway Street will be closed overnight from 6pm for a week.
At the same time, Beechvalley Way wll be the subject of a lane closure for gas pipes installation.
And the litany of roadworks to be carried out in the town over the summer months has been met with concern by local representatives.
DUP Councillor for Dungannon Clement Cuthbertson says that while recent work on the Killyman Road has "has had a severe impact" but "the worst is yet to come".
He said: "Traffic flow in parts of Dungannon is an absolute nightmare. Regrettably, no end is in sight with the real prospect of increased disruption over the next few months.
“The 'Gas to the West' project, while it is welcome, is causing a major headache due to the lack of respect being shown to businesses, residents and the community of Dungannon. Over the past number of weeks, the triangle of Bush, Killyman and Dungannon has been sealed off in every direction.
“The gas pipe laying started in Dungannon on the Killyman Road, currently they are heading across the Gortmerron Link Road.
“While this disruption to date has had a severe impact on road users, I am afraid the worst is yet to come."
“Astonishingly, Transport NI has granted the Gas to the West contractors a two week road closure on the A29 Moy Road."
“Whilst these roads are long overdue investment, a collaborative approach between Transport NI and utility companies, such as the gas project, appears to be lacking. It looks like it will be a long, hot summer in Dungannon.
And UUP MLA for Fermanagh South Tyrone, Rosemary Barton has warned road users to "expect major traffic delays during July and August".
However, she has called on residents and town users to be patient during the work.
Mrs Barton said: "I am pleased that at long last that money has been made available for this work but be prepared for delays.
“Gas to the West works will start and this will mean road closures. We are aware these works will result in inconvenience for residents, businesses and motorists but these works are necessary and we have asked contractors to keep disruption to the minimum."


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