Work is due to start shortly to improve the ongoing issue with “overgrown” footpaths along the Killylea Road in Armagh.
And news of the long-awaited action has been welcomed locally.
Residents in the area – as well as runners who use this stretch daily – had raised their concerns and frustrations at the state of the pavement on the outskirts of Armagh.
Now it has been confirmed that work will be undertaken as part of a joint initiative involving the Department for Infrastructure and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
The news has been welcomed by Sinn Féin councillor Sarah Duffy, who said it would come as a “great relief” for users.
She explained: “I was contacted by a number of locals, concerned at the real safety issues posed by the amount of overgrowth on the footpath on the Killylea road.
“This path is one of the main ways that local people can walk to the Navan Fort. It’s also a popular route locally with walkers and runners.
“However, given that the footpath is next to a 60mph road, this overgrowth has made the path difficult to use, particularly in wet conditions.
“DFI have confirmed that the works to remove this overgrowth will begin in the coming weeks. I hope that this will see this popular walking route properly maintained going forward.”