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‘Road to nowhere’ | Weekend weather conditions delayed work at busy Ballymena junction

Drivers in Ballymena have been left baffled after road markings were changed on Linenhall Street on Sunday (7 February), resulting in a number of near miss collisions.

The new traffic lane systems caught many by surprise on Monday morning, when drivers found themselves ‘running out of road’ as they crossed over the Linenhall Street / Larne Road Link junction, with two lanes suddenly merging into one.

The changes have come about as part of the A26 Larne Road Link £154,000 resurfacing scheme that commenced on Monday 11 January 2021. The infrastructure upgrade works will also provide enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. According to the Department for Imfrastructure (DfI) spokesperson, weather conditions over the weekend caused delays for the team working on the ground.

The DfI spokesperson told Love Ballymena:

“As part of ongoing resurfacing works, the Department is taking the opportunity to review traffic management arrangements on the Galgorm Road / Linenhall Street / Larne Link Road corridor. ‘New Road Layout Ahead’ and ’Get in Lane’ signs have been erected and lane destination road markings amended to complement the new road layout.

“Completion of this element of the work was delayed by weather conditions over the weekend but it is expected that it will be completed by Tuesday 9 February. Drivers are asked to drive with care until the works are complete.”