Work is finally to begin on a new link in Banbridge, which will represent the largest road scheme in the town centre in many years.
The scheme, which is being jointly funded by the Department of Regional Development and Banbridge District Council, will see a new road built off Bridge Street to the Rathfriland Road.
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a total investment of approximately £500,000, for the 290 metres of new link road and footways at Gospel Lane in Banbridge.
Whilst the Department’s resource budget for activities such as routine maintenance is severely reduced, funding for this scheme is from the capital budget for major projects and new road schemes which is less affected by the current pressures.
“This is a significant capital investment in the infrastructure in Banbridge,” said Mr Kennedy.
“I am confident that residents and visitors to the town will welcome the improvements which will complement the finish used in the recent Environmental Improvement schemes.
McAvoy won the contract for the construction of the link road and work is expected to begin next Monday (September 22) and last approximately twelve weeks.
MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said she was “delighted” that work would finally begin on the scheme, which has been in the pipeline for many years.
“I am delighted to see this new link road progressing as it will be one of the most significant new road developments in our town centre for many years, helping shoppers and businesses alike,” said Mrs Dobson.
“The scheme forms part of the Banbridge District Proposals of the Banbridge/Newry and Mourne Area Plan.
“Recently Minister Kennedy set out investment totalling £2.6m for maintenance schemes and operations in the Banbridge Council area this year.
“This shows considerable investment in the town and is to be warmly welcomed.
“I am delighted to have helped throughout the progression of this scheme to construction and look forward to seeing the completed works for the benefit of everyone in the town.”