Major roadworks scheme forces heavy traffic on to backroads

Roadworks Enniskillen

TRAFFIC.. Roadworks at the Sligo Road end of Enniskillen are causing disruptions to traffic as work begins on a section of the A509 Derrylin Road.

THE MAIN road from Enniskillen to Cavan and Dublin will be out of action for the remainder of the week – with motorists forced to take diversions as road works continue.

Road traffic on the 1509 Derrylin Road at Mullylogan is to be diverted through Arney as £150,000 resurfacing works continue from Monday.


A local councillor admitted that the roadworks would have an impact on traffic levels, saying the road was very busy for commercial traffic.

“It will have a bit of an impact because some of the commercial industrial traffic would come up that road and turn off west – and some would maybe want to go north to hit the Belleek road. It is going to cause a bit of a problem, but to be fair I think there’s enough forewarning,” said UUP councillor Robert Irvine.

The resurfacing scheme is expected to last for six days and impacts residents in Derrylin, Kinawley and other parts of the south of the county.

The DRD Minister Danny Kennedy said: “This additional scheme on this important A509 route will improve the running surface and leave it safer and more acceptable to road users.”

A spokesman added: “Unfortunately it was necessary to close the road to all traffic because of health and safety considerations.

The road will be closed from 8am to 6pm daily but be open to traffic over night.

“Traffic will be diverted from Enniskillen via A32 Swanlinbar Road and B108 Moher Rd to Derrylin and from Belnaleck via the C438 Arney Road and A32 Swanlinbar Road to Enniskillen.”
Other work in the county includes recent work at Cooper Crescent, Chanterhill in Enniskillen, where TransportNI carried out a drainage and kerbing scheme.


Councillor Irvine continued: “Any money coming into the west particularly in Fermanagh on roads is to be welcomed,” he said, “There’s a lot of roads that could actually do with upgrading and long term maintenance.”

The councillor added that while he was pleased with roadworks that have taken place in the county in the past number of years, there are areas which need to be targeted.

“There are a lot of resurfacing, side edging that needs done.

I’ve notes down in the Kesh area, needed – and out here at Lisbellaw.

The Gola Road, the Snowhill Road, where traffic cuts from the A4 over towards the Tempo Road.
Some of the minor roads around the villages – the potholes are starting to increase and this warmish weather for this time of year, and then the freezing and frost is actually causing more potholes.

“I understand the pressure on all central government budgets and we like to push for what we get at home.”

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