With roadworks now underway at Lisnaskea, road users have already felt the impact of works that are due to continue for 17 weeks.

Before work had even started there was uproar from local business people about the effect the closure would have on their businesses.

A public consultation, held in April, did nothing to appease any apprehension with one business owner calling on compensation to be paid for any businesses affected by the road closure that is expected to last until August 29.

At the meeting Department of Infrastructure representatives told those present that they would look into the timings of the scheduled works.

The works to ‘Major Bridge’ and the subsequent closure of the road will cut off access to many businesses including those at the Lisnaskea Business Complex.

Seamus Smith of Quay Garden Structures said the problems have already started with the roadworks. According to Seamus a number of lorries were turned away and forced to go on detours instead of being allowed through.

“There is supposed to be local access but there has been issues with it, turning lorries away,” he explained.

“It has not got off to a good start and without a shadow of a doubt we will lose a lot of passing trade.

“But we will grin and bear it and hope we survive it.”

The £350,000 bridge replacement scheme got underway on Tuesday, May 7.

The Lisnagole Road is closed from Maguiresbridge up until its junction with the Gola Road in Lisnaskea.

Motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 15 minutes while the roadworks are in place.