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Newly-built road sinks into bog

11 May 10 The new Belfast-Newry road on Northern Ireland, where construction work has only recently completed, has been partially dug up after both carriageways began sinking into a bog.

The new Belfast-Newry road on Northern Ireland, where construction work has only recently completed, has been partially dug up after both carriageways began sinking into a bog.

Work is now underway to excavate and rebuild the road at a section north of Sheepbridge, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

This will delay the completion date for the A1 road construction project by six weeks, Northern Ireland's Department for Regional Development told the paper.

A stretch of boggy land caused part of the road to settle.

A DRD spokesman said: “Monitoring of the new carriageway immediately north of Sheepbridge has identified a localised area of settlement.

“The location is one where very soft ground conditions existed and substantial volumes of peat were removed.

“Subsequent investigations indicate that small volumes of soft material still exist below the new carriageway and is the source of the problem.

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