Motorists in the east of Fermanagh face  months of traffic chaos as the main Lisnaskea to Maguiresbridge road is set to close for an extended period from the end of April. 
The road, which is used daily by thousands of commuters who travel from Lisnaskea, Newtownbutler, Roslea and Donagh to Enniskillen for work, will be closed for almost four months to facilitate the repair of a bridge. 
One lane of the road will be closed from April 29th, followed by a full road closure from May 6th until August 31st. The closure will result in major traffic disruption for commuters and haulage companies who will be forced to use the diversion via the Nutfield Road and the A4 Belfast Road for through traffic.
Lisnaskea man John Cunningham believes the road closure will cause major delays for commuters and lorry drivers who are trying to carry out their daily routine.
“The Nutfield Road is not suitable for two way traffic, particularly lorries – It is narrow and has a lot of houses on it. The road which they are closing is a very busy road especially in the mornings and evenings, and there are a lot of large lorries with big loads on so they may consider diverting the bigger vehicles on a different route. 
“The bridge has to be replaced for safety, and they have resurfaced the bypass road up past Clarke’s Quarry so some vehicles could use that route.”
The Department for Infrastructure said the £350,000 scheme to replace a small bridge beside Lisnaskea Enterprise Centre on the A34 Lisnagole Road is necessary after weaknesses were detected during a routine inspection. 
A spokesman for the Department of Infrastructure confirmed the road closure saying, “To ensure the safety of the road users and workers, it will be necessary to close Lisnagole Road while the new bridge is under construction.”

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