The next phase of work on the £400,000 resurfacing scheme on the A3 Portadown Road, Armagh at Castledillon will start on Saturday, February 16.
The works involve the strengthening and resurfacing of approximately 800metres of carriageway and hard shoulder along with ancillary works.
On completion these will improve the structure of the road and deliver significant benefits to road users.
This follows on from extensive preparatory works which included upgrading the existing road drainage measures. Work is expected to be complete by the end of February.
Due to the nature of the works it is necessary to put the following traffic arrangements in place: From 15 February for four weeks a speed limit of 40mph will be operated.
Overtaking will be prohibited on the road and hard shoulders from its junction with Mullaghbane Road to a point 100 metres North East of its junction with the A3 Drumman Heights Roundabout.
Saturday, February 16: the Portadown Road will be closed to Armagh bound traffic only from 6am to 8pm.
Saturday, February 16 from 8pm until Monday, February 18 at 6am – full road closure.
Monday, February 18 from 6am until Saturday, February 23 at 8pm – Portadown Road will be closed to Armagh bound traffic only.
Saturday, February 23 from 8pm until Monday, February 25 at 6am – full road closure.
Further total closures of the road overnight (8pm – 6am) may be implemented from Monday, February 18 to Saturday, February 23 if required.
During the periods of closure a signed diversion will be in place via the Legacorry Road, New Line, Richhill, Annareagh Road, Main Street, Hamiltonsbawn, Hamiltonsbawn Road, Barrack Hill, Armagh, Gaol Square, A3 Mall West and A3 College Hill.
Traffic signs warning that the use of the road is subject to a speed limit and an overtaking restriction and to indicate the nature and extent of closures or restrictions, will be erected in advance of the works.
Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times during the works.
The Department has programmed the work operations and traffic management arrangements to minimise inconvenience, however, drivers should expect some delays and are advised to allow additional time when travelling in the area.
In order to help ensure the safety of road users and road workers the public is asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions and to drive with care when travelling in the vicinity of the works.
The expected completion date of late February is subject to favourable weather conditions and the Department will keep the public informed of any significant change.
For traffic information about this and other road schemes visit: www.trafficwatchni.com