Road collapse risk due to ‘wildlife’

Valley Road Banbridge.
Valley Road Banbridge.

A road in the Blackskull area has been closed to motorists and pedestrians for past seven days due to fears it may collapse.

And, the Leader understands, one line of investigation being taken by the authorities is that the road has sustained damage caused by what has been termed ‘wildlife activity’.

Motorists and pedestrians have been unable to access Valley Road since it was closed off last Tuesday evening.

Since erecting closure signs, Roads Service have put in place a diversion via Skeltons Cut and Mullafernaghan Road.

Motorists who would have used the Valley Road en route to the Ballymoney Road now face an extra mile on to their journey time.

A spokeswoman for the Road Service told the Leader, “Valley Road, Banbridge has been closed due to undermining and the subsequent risk of collapse.

“Roads Service is currently investigating this issue which may be due to wildlife activity, however, this is yet to be confirmed.

“A diversion is currently in place via Skeltons Cut and the Mullafernaghan Road.”

The spokesperson added, “Roads Service can confirm that a section of Valley Road has been undermined and that assessment works are ongoing with a view to having the necessary remedial works to the road completed as soon as possible. It is expected that the road will remain closed until late August.

“Roads Service thanks road users for their patience to date and asks for their continued cooperation until the road can safely be reopened. Further updates will be available at http://trafficwatchnicom/home.”