Major road scheme at accident blackspot

The road works project will begin within days.
The road works project will begin within days.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has given the go ahead for a major road improvement scheme at an accident blackspot in Derry.

The £105,000 resurfacing and reconstruction scheme will encompass 500 metres of the A2 Clooney Road at Judges Road in Maydown.

The scene of an accident on the stretch of road back in November.

The scene of an accident on the stretch of road back in November.

A Department spokesperson said: “This significant investment will greatly improve the road surface, help meet the needs of the local economy and serve the local community and visitors to the area for many years to come.”

The scheme will start on Monday 20 February and completion is planned for 28 February 2017.

The move follows widespread concerns over the number of accidents in the area, with Paul Hughes from Enagh Youth Forum in Strathfoyle recently describing the area as an “infamous” accident black post.

Local politicians from the area have also been raising concerns for many years.

The department said that to help ensure the safety of road users and contractors during the works, a lane closure will operate between 9am and 4pm throughout the scheme.

Access for local residents and businesses will be accommodated.

A contra-flow system will operate on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February to facilitate the laying of the finished surface.

The department said the works have been carefully programmed to minimise any inconvenience to the public.

However motorists should expect delays and additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.

The above work is subject to favourable weather conditions and TransportNI will keep the public informed of any change.

For more information about this and other improvement schemes visit: www.trafficwatchni.com.