The junction of the Tandragee Road and the main Newry to Armagh Road where an improvement scheme is underway
A £220,000 road improvement scheme which will see the introduction of a right hand turning lane at Markethill for motorist travelling to Tandragee got underway yesterday(Monday).
The scheme will involve the provision of a dedicated lane into the Tandragee Road and widening of the Tandragee Road at the junction to facilitate left and right lanes for traffic exiting onto the main A28 Armagh - Newry Road.
The work which is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete aims to improve road safety and deliver significant benefits to the road network.
To facilitate the works a temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place.
Traffic coming from Tandragee will not be able to exit the junction during the construction period and a signed diversion will be in operation.
The diversion route for motorists accessing the A28 from Tandragee will be the B131 Drumnamether Road and B78 Mullurg Road.
Full road closures may be required towards the end of the project for final resurfacing works and the dates for these will be confirmed closer to the time.
The Department has programmed the works operations and traffic management arrangements to minimise any inconvenience, however, drivers should expect some delays and are advised to leave additional time when travelling in the area.
The dates and duration of the works will be dependent on the progress of the scheme and on favourable weather conditions.
Newry and Armagh DUP Assembly Member William Irwin has welcomed confirmation of the commencement of works to create a right turning lane on the busy Armagh/Newry Road at the Tandragee Road junction.
Mr Irwin said he wished to thank Transport NI for putting resources to this important scheme at the Tandragee Road junction and added he has “no doubt that safety will be improved at the junction for everyone who uses this road each day”.
“Approaching from the Newry direction and turning towards Tandragee means that drivers must wait in the lane of the carriageway and other drivers must then manoeuvre around them which has always been a real and worrying safety concern.
“I welcome the confirmation that Transport NI will be commencing works at this location to provide a dedicated right turning lane, which in my opinion will greatly enhance safety at this location and provide an allocated zone for cars to wait until it is safe to make the right turn for the Tandragee Road.”
Mr Irwin said a case remains for a review of the speed limits on this road, along the stretch which serves the main Markethill town access points, the Tandragee Road, Gosford Forest and Mullaghbrack Road junctions and that is something he said he “will continue to lobby on.”
Lord Mayor Alderman Gareth Wilson added: “This work when complete will be a very welcome safety measure for everyone who travels this stretch of road and I thank Transport NI for their efforts to improve safety at this point.”