The A36 Church Road between Larne and Ballymena at Glenwherry will be closed for a period of 8 weeks from Monday 12 March 2018.
This is to allow safety-related structural works to be carried out on the embankment supporting the road at Lynn’s Bridge. The work to be carried out includes driving piles, constructing a retaining structure, erecting vehicle restraint barriers and rebuilding a parapet wall along with road resurfacing.
Due to the size of the equipment required for this work and the width of the road, a full road closure is necessary. The Department understands that this closure will cause traffic disruption, however this work is unavoidable as there is the potential for future erosion of the embankment to cause a catastrophic failure of the road.
The work has been programmed to ensure that it is opened by early May before the North West 200 race event.
Motorway traffic will be diverted via Larne Road Roundabout, A26 Ballee Road East, Seven Towers Roundabout, A26 Lisnevenagh Road, Dunsilly Roundabout, M2 Motorway – Exit Junction 5 onto A57 Templepatrick Road, A8 Larne Road – then follow permanent traffic signs for Larne and vice versa.
Traffic not permitted to use the motorway follow from Dunsilly Roundabout, B518 Stiles Way, Greystone Roundabout, B518 Ballycraigy Rd, A6 Belfast/Antrim Road – A57 Ballyclare Road – A8 Larne Road – then follow permanent traffic signs for Larne and vice versa.
Diversion routes will be signed and local access for residents will be maintained at all times during the works.
Drivers should expect some delays and are advised to leave additional time when travelling in the area.
The dates and duration of the works will be dependent on the progress of the scheme and on favourable weather conditions.
For traffic information about this and other improvement schemes visit: www.trafficwatchni.com