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£40k spend to improve accident blackspot outside Rathfriland

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

£40k spend to improve accident blackspot outside Rathfriland thumbnailBready's corner has been the scene of a number of accidents in recent years

WORK has begun on a road safety scheme on a notorious stretch of road in Rathfriland.

Commonly known as Bready's corner, the tight bend on the main Rathfriland to Newry road has been the scene of a number of accidents in recent years.

Following requests for safety measures to Transport NI highlighting the risks of the corner earlier this year, the then Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen said there were "no plans for a major upgrade of the A25 outside Rathfriland".

At the beginning of the year, then SDLP MLA SeŠn Rogers asked Ms McIlveen an Assembly question in relation to the A25 and the B8 road outside Hilltown.

“While there are no plans for a major upgrade to either route, my officials have assessed a number of locations along both routes with a view to including viable projects in future work programmes, subject to the availability of resources," the Minister said at the time.

However, she confirmed some schemes had been approved on a minor level.

“Schemes approved for inclusion in future programmes include improvements to forward visibility and widening of the existing carriageway on the A25 Newry Road, on the outskirts of Rathfriland at an estimated cost of £85k."

It is this scheme which commenced last week, however a Transport NI spokesperson confirmed that the cost of the works is significantly lower than the original estimated cost.

“Work has commenced on a £40,000 scheme to improve safety for road users by increasing forward visibility, widening the carriageway and improving super elevation at this location," said the spokesperson. 

“The works will be carried out in stages with site clearance currently being undertaken, which will be completed next week.

“This will then allow service alterations to be carried out early next year before the carriageway is widened and works completed."

Naturally, motorists can expect delays to their journeys as the works are ongoing. 

“Work will be carried out using a lane closure and traffic signals, although it is likely that a full closure for several days to carry out final resurfacing will be required. 

“Transport NI appreciates the cooperation of the travelling public during these works."

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