Work starts at Madam’s Bank Road

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Work got underway yesterday to widen one of Derry’s busiest roads.

The £1.6million scheme to widen the Madam’s Bank Road to four lanes is expected to be completed in early 2012.

Divisional Road Manager Deidre Mackle says the road is set for a major overhaul.

“The widened road will be built substantially within the boundary of the existing road. Where the existing road is in cutting, the bottoms of the existing slopes will be removed and replaced by low retaining walls.

“This will allow established planting on the side slopes to remain.

“Where the road is on embankment, this will be widened to accommodate the widened road with established planting removed and replaced with new planting.

“Steelestown Road and Earhart Park junctions will become all movements permitted traffic light controlled junctions; these will include Toucan Crossings to provide safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists whilst minimizing delays for drivers.

“There will also be a combined cycleway/footway which will be provided on either side of the widened road.”

Magherafelt based contractor F.P McCann Ltd are carrying out the work.

Work will cease over the Christmas holiday and is expected to be completed in January.