COUNCILLOR Paul Berry has welcomed the recent announcement by Roads Service that work on the Shortt's Crossroads roundabout scheme at Laurelvale is due to start early next year.
The junction has long been a source of concern for residents, with a number of people losing their lives as a result of accidents.
“This has been a long-awaited scheme and while I appreciate negotiations have been ongoing with landowners, I have stressed the need again to Roads Service for this scheme to commence on time, as just two weeks ago there was another accident at the crossroads,” said Mr Berry.
“Following the Roads Service Interim Progress Report, I am now delighted to learn that the roundabout scheme at Shortt’s Crossroads is making good progress and that work is programmed to start towards the end of 2008/2009 financial year. Completion is scheduled during the 2009/2010 financial year.”
Mr Berry said he believed the scheme would greatly improve the safety of the crossroads and a roundabout was the “only answer”, allowing road users and local residents to see the benefits of this “major investment”.
Mr Berry added, “The people of Mullavilly/Laurelvale and Brackagh Road have been waiting for some time for this scheme and I would commend them for their resilience during many very sad and indeed fatal accidents at this location.
“I am also glad to learn from Roads Service of their plans to improve another dangerous section of the A27 at Ballyknock Road junction and I would like to thank officials for their help and site visits to these locations.”