Major improvement scheme for Northland Road

Crawford Square. (2602PG03)
Crawford Square. (2602PG03)

A total of £200,000 is to be spent on improving a section of the Northland Road, Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has confirmed.

Traffic restrictions will put in place during the major road resurfacing, drainage and kerb scheme, which will take place from the Northland Road’s junction with Crawford Square to, and including, the junction of Rock Road, a distance of 580 metres.

Sinn Fein councillor, Mickey Cooper.

Sinn Fein councillor, Mickey Cooper.

Work will start on Monday, July 27, at 8am and will continue between 8am and 6pm each day until Saturday 29 August 2015.

To facilitate the drainage, kerbing and footway work, the road will be closed to city-bound traffic during these times. A signed diversion route will be in place.

Towards the end of the project, the road will be closed to facilitate the resurfacing of the carriageway.

Officials said the decision to carry out the work during the summer holiday months was to minimise disruption to road users and businesses on a major arterial route through the city as traffic is lighter during this period.

Minister Kennedy said: “This scheme will greatly improve the safety, strength and surface quality of the carriageway of this important route.”

The planned dates are subject to favourable weather conditions and TransportNI will keep the public informed of any change.

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the scheme.

He said: “Firstly I would like to welcome the news that this work is taking place and will compliment the other upgrade work that has been going on along the Northland Road over the last few weeks.”