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Main cross-border road reopens after £100k repairs

THE main crossborder road between Cavan and Lisnaskea has finally re-opened after weeks of a delay.
The Wattlebridge Road, near Newtownbutler closed for a £100,000 resurfacing project at the beginning of November. 
The work on the 0.2km stretch of the road aimed to strengthen the road surface and remove the need for the temporary traffic signals that have been in operation since May. 
At the time, the Department of Infrastructure said it expected the works to be completed by November 30th, though they added this was dependent on both the weather and progress. 
The road was closed throughout the run up to Christmas, but has finally reopened to motorists after a month long delay. 
Local Cllr Thomas O’Reilly previously expressed his concern about the closure of the road, but after the reopening he said, “The road has been reopened for over a week now, and it is a good job. 
“I am absolutely delighted to see it back open.”
Speaking previously to the Herald, Cllr O’Reilly stated that there has been another consequence of the prolonged closure of the Wattlebridge Road. 
Cllr O’Reilly explained: “The Drumcrin Road is deteriorating rapidly with all the traffic that is being diverted across it. 
“Certainly the Roads Service will have to reinstate that road. It’s a dangerous road to be putting such a high volume of traffic on it,” he said.
“That’s part and parcel of closing a major artery in and out of the county.”

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