Concerns over North Road traffic ‘disruption’

Jim Brown.  INCT 22-729-CON
Jim Brown. INCT 22-729-CON

A local councillor has expressed concern over traffic arrangements during a project to upgrade the water supply and sewer infrastructure on Carrick’s North Road.

The works will commence on July 4 and will take approximately 14 weeks to complete, according to NI Water.

However, diversions as a result of the project could mean an increased amount of traffic through Glenfield and Dunsluskin, claimed Alderman Jim Brown. “There are already chicanes in the Dunluskin area to stop speeding; with all this traffic heading through as well we are going to have a lot of disruption,” he added.

In a statement, NI Water said: “We anticipate that work will commence on July 4 until July 8 under a single lane closure at Prince Andrew Way junction. The North Road will remain open to through traffic in both directions during this period. There will be no work taking place on the North Road between July 9-18.

“Work will then recommence on North Road on July 18 for approximately 13 weeks under a road closure from Prince Andrew Way junction to Middle Road, in order to facilitate sewer and watermain works. The North Road will be closed to through traffic in both directions and motorists will be directed to use the signed diversions via Beltoy Road and Prospect Road.

“This work is being programmed together to avoid the need for future disruption on the North Road, and the majority of work is taking place during the school holidays to minimise disruption to school traffic.

“Detailed traffic management arrangements have been discussed and agreed with Transport NI, and in order to keep disruption to a minimum for residents/businesses, the works will be completed in phases, from the Northland junction to Middle Road.”