Work begins on new Sligo Road cycle lane

More work on the Sligo Road got underway this week to create a new cycle lane.

Road works have started on the addition of a £120,000 cycle lane on the Sligo Road, Enniskillen. 
The new cycle lane will connect the large residential areas of Coleshill and Windmill Heights with the existing cycle track on Henry Street, providing a 700 metre link from Sligo Road towards Enniskillen town centre.
The work which is being completed by Patrick Keenan Ltd, began on Monday last, January 8th and is expected to be complete within eight weeks.
Last year, road works on the Sligo Road caused Enniskillen to come to a standstill with motorists reporting being stuck in gridlock for up to an hour at a time. 
The Department of Infrastructure is aiming to keep traffic disruption to a minimum as majority of the work will take place off road, but ‘lane closures will be required in the latter part of the works as the final surfacing is laid.’
During the works, for safety reasons all pedestrians will be diverted away from the works area onto the footway on the opposite side of the road.
A Department for Infrastructure spokesperson said this week: “The Department has over recent years been striving to deliver more sustainable transport solutions that give a better option for active travel to local communities. A third of all journeys made in Northern Ireland are less than two miles and it is important that safe and attractive infrastructure is provided which gives people the choice to walk and cycle part of their everyday journeys. This not only helps reduce congestion and lowers pollution but also goes a long way to improving the population’s health.”

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