Business as usual despite road closure traders say

Road works
Road works

A trader on Union Street has expressed disappointment at the official notice they were given of the road closure.

At McKerrs they only received notification by letter of the closure on Friday, with the road closing on Monday.

While accepting the plans had been outlined in the ‘MAIL’ a couple of week’s ago and signage had been put up about the closure they felt the official notice came too late.

Businesses along the street were keen to stress that it was business as usual despite the road closure.

Resurfacing work on a section of Union Street and Tandragee Road began on Monday and will be complete by Thursday, October 16.

Union Street will be resurfaced from Millennium Way to Sloan Street. This portion of Union Street was subject to a road closure for through traffic on Monday and Tuesday, September 22 and 23.

From Wednesday to Friday, September 24 to 26, lane closures will allow traffic to flow one way from Sloan Street towards Millennium Way.

This will be followed by a further one day full closure on Monday, September 29, for the final resurfacing of the street.

Whilst work is in progress traffic will be diverted via Russell Drive and Millennium Way. Tandragee Road will be resurfaced from Roundabout B to Sloan Street and the work will be carried out in two stages. From Tuesday, September 30, until Monday, October 6, there will be a full road closure from Glenholme Park to Roundabout B and a one way closure from Sloan Street to Mourneview Avenue.

This will be followed by a full road closure from Glenholme Park to Sloan Street until completion of the works on October 16.

The work was welcomed by DUP MLA Stephen Moutray who, along with Phil Moutray and Carla Lockhart, have been involved in a strong lobby to have the street resurfaced.

The works have also been welcomed by UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson who said: “Having visited the area, news of this investment is long overdue and will be warmly welcomed by business owners and the community in Lurgan as a whole.”