Resurfacing work to take five weeks

Resurfacing work to take five weeks

5 June 2024

WORK started on Monday on a £350,000 resurfacing scheme at Church Street in Downpatrick.

The project is being jointly funded by two leading government departments and is expected to take five weeks to complete.

A 250-metre section of roadway and footpath from the Belfast Road roundabout to Pillar Well Lane is being resurfaced with the work in addition to an additional £220,000 being invested to revitalise Church Street and nearby De Courcey Place off English Street.

The Department for Infrastructure and Department for Communities (DfC) are financing the resurfacing scheme.

Stormont roads minister, John O’Dowd, said the DfC has made a “significant contribution” of £275,000 to the resurfacing scheme as part of its regeneration plans for Downpatrick.  

The minister said the resurfacing scheme will make a major contribution to improving and modernising the quality of the public realm at a key gateway into Downpatrick.

During resurfacing, lane restrictions will be un place from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm, with on-street parking restricted along the extent of the works.

The resurfacing work will also require night time road closures between 7pm and 6am from Monday to Friday. 

Dates for these closures are yet to be finalised and a further update will be issued shortly.

The roads department has programmed the work operations and traffic management arrangements to minimise inconvenience and while steps have been taken to accommodate local access and Translink bus and school services throughout the scheme, road users should expect some delays.

They are being advised to allow additional time when travelling and asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions.

Subject to favourable weather conditions, the works are expected to be substantially complete by Friday, July 5.