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Birches Road campaign pays off with beginning of £60,000 footway scheme

A £60,000 footway scheme on the Birches Road, Portadown is due to commence next Monday, February 21.

This scheme will further extend the existing footway by 240 metres from the Birches Crossroads to Clonmakate Road and Birches Primary School, improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians in this area.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: “This investment of £60,000 will improve road safety for pedestrians along this section of Birches road in Portadown and is part of my commitment to increasing opportunities for active travel and will also enhance provision for pedestrians.

“I would like to thank local residents and businesses in advance for their cooperation and ask that they comply with all temporary traffic restrictions while these much needed works are completed.”

To facilitate the works it will be necessary to close this road while work is being undertaken and a short diversion will be put in place. During the period of construction, local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

To help ensure the safety of road users and road workers the public is asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions and to exercise care when travelling through, or in the vicinity of, the works.

The Department for Infrastructure has programmed the works and associated traffic management arrangements in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public. However, motorists should be aware that some small delays may be expected at times, and that additional time should be allowed when planning journeys.

Subject to favourable weather conditions all work will be completed by the end of April, however, the Department will keep the public informed of any change.

All work will be carried out in line with current public health and health and safety advice, with safe systems of working in place for staff and contractors.

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