Derry motorists have been warned to expect almost four months of traffic disruption during sewer works on one of the city’s busiest roads.
NI Water says the Buncrana Road will be closed for around 16 weeks from January 23 as contractors carry out essential sewer improvement work.
“As with all work of this nature, there will be an element of disruption and the Buncrana Road will be closed to through traffic on the city-bound lane from Racecourse Road junction to Pennyburn Roundabout. Traffic management will be in place and any diversions will be clearly signposted,” a NI Water spokeswoman says.
She says the £700,000 upgrade will reduce the risk of out of sewer flooding and will meet the city’s existing and future development needs.
SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said; “Those tasked with the contract do everything possible to ensure that the work is done on time.This is a busy thoroughfare and everything possible must be done to reduce the congestion and disruption these works will cause in the coming weeks.”
Sinn Fein councillor Mickey Cooper said while the works are necessary they will inevitably lead to disruption for both motorists and local residents.
“If any resident has issues whilst this work is being carried out, I can be contacted at my constituency office on 71377551.” .