Collapsed road still under repair
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
EMERGENCY repairs on a collapsed road between Warrenpoint and Rostrevor are continuing, although the road partially re-opened on Friday night to single file traffic.
A section of the Shore Road collapsed on Wednesday morning after weeks of being battered by large waves and heavy rain.
A Roads Service spokesperson told the Democrat: "Emergency temporary repairs continue on the A2 Warrenpoint Road, Rostrevor, however the road re-opened to single file traffic on Friday evening under temporary traffic signal control and will remain so until all necessary repair work is completed.
“A diversion remains in place via B7 Burren, Mayobridge , Rathfriland, Hilltown and B25 Rostrevor. An alternative route is also available via Rostrevor, Hilltown, Rathfriland, Newry and Warrenpoint.
“Motorists travelling in the South Down area should plan their journeys appropriately and allow additional times for their journeys. In particular motorists travelling to and from Kilkeel should avoid travelling via Warrenpont."
SDLP councillor Connaire McGreevy has called for a safety review following the incident.
"My fear, and I have made this point on a number of occasions, is that the collapse of the wall is an indication of something much more serious in terms of the entire road system," he said.
Meanwhile, the adverse weather conditions caused blackouts in many areas of Newry and Mourne on Wednesday night.
Around 1,500 homes across Co Down were without electricity for a number of hours, while Monaghan Street in Newry was in left in the dark after a power cut left street lights, traffic lights and shop lights out.
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