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A £215,000 carriageway resurfacing scheme on the Shean Road, Forkhill has been announced by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon. The scheme is set to begin on Monday 27 January 2020 and resurfacing work will extend a distance of 1200 metres from the border with County Louth to Fairview, Forkhill. Road closures will be in operation during the works.

Commenting on the scheme Minister Mallon said "This is a significant investment in this border road connecting people in Armagh and Louth. The work will greatly enhance the road surface and will better connect the local community and visitors in the area for many years to come. We in DfI are working with our stakeholders to co-ordinate these essential roadworks and are publishing details in advance to help people plan alternate routes and manage disruption.

“I am committed to delivering the infrastructure needed to better connect people across our island and grow the all island economy - schemes like this are key to achieving that vision.”

Shean Road. Photograph: Google
Shean Road. Photograph: Google

Local Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has also welcomed the announcement saying :“I am pleased that my colleague has recognised the lack of investment South Armagh has experienced in recent years and has made this funding commitment to our area. This will come as a huge relief to those who use the Shean Road regularly as this investment is much needed.

“The rural roads network is an important lifeline for local communities and is essential for the success of our rural and cross border economy. We will continue to lobby for our rural roads network to be maintained to the highest possible standard."

To help ensure the safety of those using the roads, it will be necessary to operate a daily weekday road closure between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday 27 January until Friday 6 March.  Access will be as per the signed diversion routes.

The road will be open to traffic in the evenings during the week and all day Saturday and Sunday. 

The Department has programmed the work and traffic management arrangements to minimise any inconvenience, however, drivers should expect some delays and are advised to leave additional time when planning any journeys.

Completion of the work by 6 March, is dependent on favourable weather conditions.

For traffic information about this and other improvement schemes visit: www.trafficwatchni.com

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