A24 road (Northern Ireland)
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The section of the A24 from Forestside Shopping Centre to Carryduff roundabout was named by European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) as one of the six most dangerous sections of road in Northern Ireland in 2005. This part of the road is a four-lane undivided carriageway.
There are plans to build a by-pass of the A24 around Ballynahinch. Work is planned to start in 2017 and be completed in 2019, provided the £40-50 million the project is expected to cost becomes available. In the 1990s, various traffic control measures were introduced, including the present one-way system. All have failed, however, to cope with the sheer volume of traffic which passes through the town daily. The establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 led to reports that a by-pass may commence sooner than the 6- to 15-year projection of the Direct Rule administration, supposing that a coalition of County Down MLAs could push the Executive to approve the project faster than Northern Ireland Office ministers would. The stop-start nature of devolution, however, made such a move impossible.
- "Ballynahinch bypass at advanced stages of design". Mourne Observer. 24 June 2014. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
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