Long-awaited roadworks are to begin in Bridgend and Burnfoot from next week.
Councillor John Ryan told the ‘Journal,’ the much-needed works, which have been in the pipeline for some time, will finally come to fruition at Bridgend, on the road past the 19th next week and through the village of Burnfoot, beginning on the third week in August.
He said: “The road from the 19th bar in Bridgend, up the Win road, which is a distance of almost a kilometre, will commence this Tuesday, August 4th. These will be road resurfacing works and have come about as a result of several incidents of flooding, which have occurred in recent years.
“Currently, the Council is undertaking extensive storm drainage works at the location, during which they are taking the storm drain across to the Burnfoot river. They have also installed larger diameter drains coming past the houses. This work is due to be completed by the end of this week, following which the asphalt resurfacing will begin.”
The works in Burnfoot village will begin in the third week of August.
Councillor Ryan said this will, “unfortunately” lead to some traffic disruption in the village but added this was a “small sacrifice to pay” in order to complete the works.
He also confirmed that, funding pending, the resurfacing will be extended out towards a section of the Birdstown road.
Colr. Ryan said this work will rectify the issues with the road which occurred following the installation of water pipes a couple of years ago.
He said: “In this instance, the Council will resurface 450m of the road through Burnfoot - from the Slab road right to the end of the village. This will lead to congestion and this is a busy time of year, but we have to work with contractors and it’s a small sacrifice to pay to have this section totally resurfaced.
“The road has been an absolute disaster for a number of years and the surface is in very, very poor condition. These works will also eradicate the problems with raised manholes. These works will enhance the whole ambiance of the village, which has seen increased investment recently and is looking particularly well. It’s also going to help tidy up the village for locals, who really deserve to have these works completed.