Portland Avenue to close for water works

PORTLAND Avenue in Glengormley will be closed to traffic for three weeks from Monday, March 19, NI Water has confirmed.

The water company needs to close the road in order to continue its work on the water mains upgrade in Glengormley. However, work on the Carnmoney Road, which was expected to last three weeks, could finish earlier than scheduled.

Traders in the town have already protested against the scheduling of the work and the disruption it could cause to businesses.

An NI Water spokeswoman said: “The work on Portland Avenue will require a closure due to the fact that this is a one-way street.

“NI Water has been speaking with traders along this road in January and at that time advised them of this possibility.

“NI Water has only recently received approval for the road closure from DRD Roads Service and therefore is only now in the position to confirm this to traders along this section of the work. Letters to this effect will be hand delivered tomorrow (Wednesday, March 7).

“NI Water anticipates that work on the Carnmoney Road will be completed ahead of schedule.”

The work along Portland Avenue is starting one week earlier than was originally planned.