Major upgrade for Carlisle Road

Carlisle Road in the city centre.
Carlisle Road in the city centre.

The surface of Carlisle Road and Ferryquay Street are to be upgraded in a £120,000 scheme starting this weekend.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that the improvement works will begin this Saturday, January 31st at 6.30pm.

The resurfacing project will extend for around 450 metres along the route.

Danny Kennedy said: “The scheme will greatly improve the safety, strength and surface quality of the carriageway of these important routes.”

Officials said that the scheme could go ahead because whilst the Department’s budget for routine maintenance has been severely reduced, the budget for major projects and new road schemes has been less affected.

To minimise disruption to businesses, most of the work has been scheduled to be delivered at night over three weekends, however the DRD have advised that some daytime works will be unavoidable.

The improvements are expected to be substantially complete by Saturday, 14th February, although it has been cautioned that weather conditions will be factored in and may change this date.

A DRD official said: “TransportNI has carefully planned the works operations and traffic management arrangements to minimise inconvenience to the public. However, drivers should expect delays and are advised to allow additional time when travelling in the area.

“To help ensure the safety of drivers and contractors, well signposted diversions will be in place via Abercorn Road and Bishop Street for traffic using the upper deck of Craigavon Bridge. Traffic using the lower deck are advised to use the signed diversion via Foyle Road, Foyle Embankment, Water Street and Shipquay Street.”