Ballynahinch road disruption is likely

Ballynahinch road disruption is likely

5 December 2012

MOTORISTS are bracing themselves for major traffic disruption in Ballynahinch which could last up to five months.

Northern Ireland Water intends to carry out major work in the town centre from the start of January to upgrade the existing water and sewerage infrastructure.

The work is programmed to start ahead of a £2m regeneration scheme in Ballynahinch which is being funded by the Department for Social Development and Down Council. This scheme is scheduled to start before the summer.

NI Water has described Ballynahinch’s existing watermains and sewers as “defective and ageing,” highlighting the need for them to be upgraded before work on the regeneration scheme gets underway.

A spokeswoman for the organisation said in order to minimise any future disturbance to the improvements carried out under the public realm scheme, it is imperative that NI Water upgrades watermains and sewers before new road surfaces are put in place.

She said NI Water’s work will involve the installation of watermains and sewers along Main Street, Harmony Road, Windmill Street, The Square, High Street and Church Street.

The spokeswoman also warned there will be traffic and pedestrian restrictions required to allow the works to be completed in a safe environment.

“This will include lane and road closures in the area at certain times. However, signage will be in place and the public will be made aware in advance of these closures,” said continued.

“This programme of work is good news for the local area as it will also reduce disruption caused to NI Water customers as a result of necessary maintenance of defective and ageing sewers.”

The spokeswoman said the upgraded watermains will improve the reliability, security and quality of the water supply in the town centre area, while reducing leakage.

She added: “As with all work of this nature, there will be an element of disruption and NI Water would like to thank the public and local businesses in advance for their patience and co-operation.

“We would assure them that we will do everything we can to complete the work as quickly as possible with minimum disruption.”