Controversial road works to go ahead during daylight hours

DRD Minister Danny kennedy with the delegation from Limavady on Tuesday. Included are (at back (l-r) Sinn Fein Colr. Tony McCaul, Limavady Council chief executive Liam Flanigan; SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle and DUP Colr. George Robinson. At front are Mayor, SDLp Colr. Gerry Mullan and SDLP Colr. Orla Beattie. (1608sj660

DRD Minister Danny kennedy with the delegation from Limavady on Tuesday. Included are (at back (l-r) Sinn Fein Colr. Tony McCaul, Limavady Council chief executive Liam Flanigan; SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle and DUP Colr. George Robinson. At front are Mayor, SDLp Colr. Gerry Mullan and SDLP Colr. Orla Beattie. (1608sj660

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DRD Minister Danny Kennedy has ruled out night-time working for controversial resurfacing works at Seacoast Road, the ‘Journal’ can revel.

In a letter sent to Limavady Council by the minister, he states that, after consideration, the works will proceed, starting October 7 over a three-four week period during which a time of road closure will be required.

Earlier this year, on August 12, a delegation from Limavady Council met with the minister about local issues, including the resurfacing works at Seacoast Road which were postponed after an outcry locally with claims they would disrupt business along the road during the busy summer season.

In the letter, the minister states: “Night-time work is normally only undertaken when absolutely necessary due to high traffic volumes, usually on strategic urban roads or streets, which cannot otherwise be accommodated.

“This is principally on the grounds that it compromises the safety of the operatives involved in the work.

“This risk would be further exacerbated at this location due to the relatively narrow road width and the existence of overhead cable, coupled with the fact that the area has little ambient light to support the operation.”

The minister also noted that night-time working would delay the completion of the works by two weeks and could “cause noise nuisance for local residents and create logistical issues for the contractor in terms of material production and staff rostering”.

Taking account of all the factors, the minister said: “I concluded that night-time working on this occasion would not be appropriate and the proposed drainage and resurfacing works should proceed over a 3-4 weeks period commencing on Monday, October 7, during which time a road closure will be required.”