WORK has commenced on a £450,000 road improvement scheme at the junction of the Doagh Road and Old Carrick Road near Mossley.
The project, which will include the installation of traffic lights and pedestrian crossing facilities, is being carried out ahead of the start of work on the A2 Shore Road dual carriageway project in April, which is expected to lead to increased traffic levels on the B90.
There were long tailbacks on the Old Carrick Road on Monday during the morning rush hour as unsuspecting motorists were faced with traffic restrictions at the busy junction.
And drivers have been warned that the work will continue for around nine weeks.
“Work began on Sunday 6 January and is expected to be completed by 10 March 2013. This planned date is subject to favourable weather conditions and Roads Service will keep the public informed of any change,” a DRD spokesperson commented.
“Roads Service has carefully programmed the works operations and traffic management arrangements in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public, however motorists should be aware that some delays may be expected and that additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.
“The junction of the Doagh Road and the Old Carrick Road will be closed for a period of one week from Sunday 6 January until Sunday 13 January.
“During this period, the Old Carrick Road will also be closed in one direction, affecting eastbound traffic. Motorists travelling towards Carrickfergus should follow the signed diversion route via Carnmoney Road North, Manse Road, Doagh Road and Monkstown Road.
“The Doagh Road and Old Carrick Road will reopen from Monday 14 January, however temporary traffic signals will be in operation from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily until March 10.”
Welcoming the start of work, Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: “This work will improve safety for motorists and pedestrians at this busy junction and involves the installation of new traffic signals and controlled pedestrian crossing facilities, along with resurfacing and localised carriageway widening, upgrading the vehicle restraint system and new footway construction.”