Major roadworks to see M3 close for another five weekends

M3 Lagan Bridge, Belfast
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Major roadworks on the M3 Bridge are set to recommence next weekend and will see the road subject to closures for five consecutive weekends. The road had previously been closed for a weekend in May which resulted in travel disruption for many accessing the city.

The roadworks form part of a £700,000 major maintenance scheme to replace 10 bearings on the M3 Lagan Bridge.

The Department for Infrastructure has described the works as a "significant investment" which will have long-term benefits in restoring and ensuring long-term maintenance of the bridge, enabling it to carry current and future traffic levels along this key route.

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Subject to favourable weather conditions the work is now scheduled to take place over the next five consecutive weekends; 19 - 22 July 2024; 26 - 29 July 2024; 2 - 5 August 2024; 9 -12 August 2024; and 16 - 19 August 2024.

To complete the works the following road and lane closures will be in operation over the following weekends:

  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 19 July until 6.00 am on Monday 22 July, the M3 Nelson Street On Slip will be closed on the eastbound side;

  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 26 July until 6.00 am on Monday 29 July, the M3 will be closed on the eastbound side with no access from the M2;

  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 2 August until 6.00 am on Monday 5 August, the M3 will be closed on the westbound side with access reduced to one lane from the Sydenham bypass and all traffic exiting at Nelson Street;

  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 9 August until 6.00 am on Monday 12 August, the M3 Middlepath Street On Slip and Nelson Street Off Slip will be closed on the westbound side.

  • From 9.00 pm on Friday 16 August until 6.00 am on Monday 19 August, the M3 will be closed on the eastbound side with no access from the M2.

During these periods a diversion route will be signed for drivers including westbound traffic being diverted from A2 Sydenham Bypass to M2 Foreshore through a route including Bridge End Flyover, Bridge End, Queen’s Bridge, Ann Street, Victoria Street, Dunbar Link, Great Patrick Street and York Street.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted from M2 Foreshore to Sydenham Bypass via Duncrue Street, Garmoyle Street, Dock Street, Nelson Street, Great Patrick Street, Waring Street, Albert Square, Queen Elizabeth Bridge and Middlepath Street.

A DFI spokesperson said: "The Department has carefully planned these bridge works and associated traffic management arrangements to minimise inconvenience to the public. Road users are advised to allow extra time for their journey and to follow the alternative routes which will be clearly signed on the approaches to the closure.

"Completion of the work by 19 August 2024 is subject to favourable weather conditions, however, the Department will keep the public informed of any change.

"The Department would like to thank the travelling public in advance for their cooperation while these much-needed works are completed.

"For traffic information about this and other improvement schemes visit: www.trafficwatchni.com."

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