Road closure during pipeline upgrade

Diversions are set to be in place for approximately 13 weeks. Castle Road/Castletown Road junction. Pic by Google.

Diversions are set to be in place for approximately 13 weeks. Castle Road/Castletown Road junction. Pic by Google.

NI Water has announced the next phase of a new £1.4 million pipieline.

Work commenced on the Ballyfore Road in December and is now scheduled to continue on Castle Road.

The upgrade will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure for customers in the Ballynure, Straid and Raloo areas of East Antrim. It is expected to be completed by June. To facilitate this work, there will be a temporary road closure on Castle Road from 6 March 6 for a duration of approximately 13 weeks.

The diversion route during this phase of the works will be via the Carrickfergus Road, turning left along the Watch Hill Road merging onto the Ballyrickard Road to the junction of Ballyrickard Road/Crosshill Road/Ballyfore Road.

Traffic management and signage will be in place as the scheme progresses to try to minimise the impact of these works on businesses, residents, road users and the public.

Vehicular access will be maintained for residents where possible and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Normal working hours will be 7.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday; however it may be necessary at times for work to be carried out outside of these hours.

Martin Gillen NI Water Project Manager said: “This project is good news for our customers in the East Antrim area as the new pipelines will improve the security and reliability of the local water supply, while reducing disruption and interruptions to supply caused by burst watermains.

“These improvements will deliver many benefits to the local community for many years to come.”

Queries should be directed to Waterline on: 03457 440088

“We would also appeal for the continued support of parents to keep children and young people safe by explaining to them the dangers of playing in or around construction sites. Playing near our works areas can have dangerous consequences and we would like to spread this safety message throughout the area while we complete this essential programme of work.”

NI Water and our contractor Dawson WAM have completed letter drops to those properties close to the working area, and would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation while this essential work is underway and would like to assure you that we will do everything we can to complete the work as quickly as possible with minimal disruption.

Customer queries should be directed to Waterline on: 03457 440088 quoting Dawson WAM, Ballyfore Road, Ballynure - Water Improvement Project.