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DRD minister announces Hightown Bridge to re-open

1 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Roads Minister Conor Murphy today announced that the Hightown Bridge in Glengormley will re-open in September, ahead of programme.

During a review of the ongoing construction works on the M2 motorway, Mr Murphy said:

"Excellent progress has been made on construction of the Hightown Bridge over the M2 and today I can announce that the new bridge will be opened on 3 September. Completion of the Hightown Bridge has always been a high priority and its opening ahead of programme is good for residents and businesses in the Glengormley and Mallusk area."

"I fully understand the impact that the bridge replacement works have had on local people, particularly those that used the Hightown Road on a regular basis. I would like to thank them for their patience during the construction period."

Note to Editors

The old Hightown Bridge, which carried the Hightown Road over the M2 in Glengormley, was closed on 27 January 2008 to allow the structure to be demolished and a new bridge constructed. It was originally expected that this work could take up to one year. However, Roads Service and its contractor, HMC, committed to accelerating the bridge replacement works.

The new Hightown Bridge is wider than the old bridge. It has a right turning lane from the Hightown Road into the Mallusk Road, which will improve the capacity of this traffic signal controlled junction.

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