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Pipe-laying to lead to month long road closures in Lurgan

Road closures are scheduled in the Lurgan area from next Monday, February 16, as part of NI Water’s pipelaying works as part of the £14 million Castor Bay to Belfast Water Trunk Main Scheme.

This is an extensive project that NI Water says will safeguard water quality and improve the security of supply for customers in the area.

But it has advised the public that pipe-laying works will continue on the B12 Lurgan/Cornakinnegar Road, with a closure now required on a section of the road, starting on February 16.

NI Water says it has endeavoured to complete pipelaying on the Lurgan/Cornakinnegar Road using traffic lights to manage traffic flow as much as possible. This has been possible where the road is wide enough to safely accommodate the pipelaying squad.

But in order to safely complete the laying of the pipeline and to install the large-scale connection detail at the junction of Colane Road, a road closure will now be in place on a 1400 metre section of the road from Monday through until Sunday, March 15.

Signage and traffic management will be in place as necessary.

For the first part the road, which will be closed from Colane Road to Whitehall Road, the diversion will be via Whitehall Road with traffic diverted via the B12 Aghalee Road, C10 Brankinstown Road, B156 Derrymore Road and B156 Whitehall Road.

For the second part, the road will be closed from Whitehall Road to Leansmount Road between 6.30pm to 7.00am nightly. The diversion will be via the B12 Aghalee Road, B105 Soldierstown Road, B105 Chestnut Hill Road, B105 Station Road, A3 Main Street Moira, A3 Lurgan Road, A3 Belfast Road, A3 Avenue Road, A3 High Street, A3 Church Place, B12 North Street and B12 Cornakinnegar Road.

Access will be maintained at all times for residents living along Cornakinnegar Road but please be aware that residents may experience some slight delays in accessing their property as the pipelaying work passes the front of their house. We will strive to keep any disruption to a minimum and complete the work in the shortest timescale possible.

Martin Gillen, NI Water’s Project Manager, said: ”NI Water and our contractor, Lagan Construction Group, would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation while we complete this essential improvement work, which will safeguard the long-term security of water supply for our customers. The road closure will allow our contractor to complete the work in a much shorter timescale than originally planned.

“Letter drops will be completed in the local area and customers with any concerns are encouraged to contact the Waterline number on 08457 440088. We will endeavour to complete the work as quickly as possible, with minimal disruption and will continue to work closely with the local community to address any concerns.”

Customer queries should be directed to Waterline on 08457 440088.  Please quote ‘Lagan Construction Group, Castor Bay-Belfast Water Trunk Main’.

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