Part of A1 to close for resurfacing work

Part of the A1 will be closed this weekend to allow for resurfacing work to be carried out.

Overnight work has been ongoing and will continue until mid August. However, this larger scheme will be completed over the weekend August 2-5.

The section of the A1 affected will be the northbound carriageway between Graceystown Road and Gowdystown Road, north of Banbridge.

Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy, said: “These essential works will represent a considerable investment in the road network and will strengthen this section of the A1 so that it can carry today’s very high traffic volumes, provide good skidding resistance, an even running surface, prevent the formation of surface defects and will reduce road noise thereby improving the safety and comfort of road users.”

For safety reasons, it will be essential to close the northbound carriageway of the A1 between Graceystown Road and Gowdystown Road from 11pm on Friday August 2 through to 6am Monday 5 August. During this time one lane will operate in each direction via a contra-flow system on the southbound carriageway. There will also be restrictions on traffic wanting to enter or leave the A1 within the works areas and traffic diversions will be in place. A temporary 50mph speed limit will also be in operation.

The Minister continued: “The works operations and traffic management arrangements have been carefully programmed to minimise inconvenience to the travelling public, local residents and business. The works will be restricted to weekend and overnight, however, some disruption will be unavoidable and we would ask that motorists be patient as these essential works progress.”

The exact dates and times of the A1 closures for resurfacing works will depend on weather conditions and scheme progression and therefore could be subject to change.

The precise details of all the closures and other lane restrictions are available to view on the Traffic Watch website.