The former Infrastructure Minister signed-off the proposal to commence with the Ballynahinch Bypass in December 2016 and has been keeping up to date with progress with the £40million project at each stage since.
The local MP said:
“Local commuters have been excited to see plant machinery arrive on site in recent days – and although it unfortunately does not signal the start of construction of the Bypass – it is the beginning of vital archaeological works along the proposed route.
“In tandem with these works Department for Infrastructure officials have also now commenced with the procurement stage of the scheme and continue to work with landowners towards the vesting process in the near future.
“Given the strategic benefit of this infrastructure project the ongoing, pro-active work of officials responsible for this project is to be welcomed and I look forward to continuing to work towards the construction of the Bypass as soon as possible.”