Road resurfacing work on hold until water mains are replaced

Tom Campbell
Tom Campbell

ROADS Service has confirmed that resurfacing work on the Shore Road in Whiteabbey village will not take place until after NI Water has completed its water mains replacement project in the area.

Following the recent icy weather and deterioration of the road surface, motorists were forced to dodge several deep potholes on the busy route.

And while Roads Service staff carried out temporary repairs in the area last week, local councillor Tom Campbell has called for the relevant agencies and utilities operators to work together to ensure that proper resurfacing works can be completed as soon as possible.

“The road surface is like a patchwork quilt. It is bumpy and uneven and I am aware that some patchwork remedial work has been carried out to the potholes, but this is only a temporary fix,” he told the Times.

“The road in the village has been patched upon on various occasions and is hardly fit to take the volume of traffic. I trust that proper resurfacing operations can be agreed for early inclusion in a programme of works.”

Responding to Councillor Campbell’s concerns, a Roads Service spokesperson said: “Shore Road, Whiteabbey village has featured in our resurfacing proposals for many years now, but we have repeatedly been unable to proceed due to planned works by NI Water.

“Shore Road remains a high priority scheme, but implementation must await completion of the NI Water programme.”

NI Water revealed that approximately 270 metres of water mains require replacement in the area around the A2 Shore Road and Old Manse Road as part of a wider £4.5million project to improve water quality in the area.

“The installation of this new water main will take place during the summer months to minimise the impact on local schools and on the University of Ulster campus at Jordanstown. The road resurfacing will commence upon completion of the new water main. Exact dates for the project will be finalised in the near future. NI Water will liaise with DRD Roads Service, Translink and the PSNI in order to minimise disruption to traffic in the area once our work commences,” a spokesperson confirmed.