Potholes and grit levels dominated the headlines for much of last year, as the incredibly cold winter of 2009/2010 placed many of our roads in a treacherous state and piled pressure on the Roads Service, which battled admirably to ease the effects of the unexpected weather.
Perhaps now is the time to commend the Roads Service when it delivers. The A4 dual carriageway upgrade is a project on which the Roads Service and the contractors, Amey Lagan Roads, should be congratulated.
They have delivered, to an incredibly high standard, a project which brings tangible, positive differences to road users.
Infrastructure projects such as the A4 and the A1 increase connectivity across the region on an east-west basis as well as between Northern Ireland and the Republic, simultaneously providing a timely economic boost.
So, as we brace ourselves for the winter weather and the impending budget cuts, Roads Service and Amey Lagan Roads should be allowed to enjoy the temporary glow of a job well done.
Director, Institution of Civil Engineers (NI)