Thousands of motorists and commuters are set to benefit from a new £250m dual carriageway which will bypass the bottleneck in Dungiven, it was announced today.
Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy unveiled the route which will ease congestion around the Co Londonderry town and make travelling between Belfast and Derry simpler.
The 30km route will be the biggest single road scheme ever undertaken in Northern Ireland, with the three-year construction now on schedule to begin in 2012.
Bypassed sections of the existing A6 will become local roads, providing easy access to properties and farms along the road.
The preferred corridor begins with a new junction on the A2 Clooney Road, 1.4 km east of the Caw Roundabout in Derry. It will cross over the Ardlough Road, River Faughan, and the Mobuoy Road, turning southwest along the east side of the Faughan Valley to Drumahoe.
From Drumahoe, it continues parallel to and north of Lismacarol Road to join the existing A6 at The Cross and continues to Claudy. East of the Baranailt Road, the preferred route moves just south of the existing A6, passing to the south of Foreglen, Dernaflaw and the Derry GAA Centre of Excellence at Owenbeg.
It crosses over the Feeny Road and continues east, crossing over the Owenrigh River, Magheramore Road and the River Roe and continues north of the River Roe, crossing over Priory Lane and connecting to the existing A6 Glenshane Road east of Dungiven.
Speaking in Dungiven, the minister said: “I know how much this means for local people who I have met with many times to hear at first-hand their desire to progress this major road development.”
Mr Murphy has also confirmed a £4.6m investment programme for the Strabane council area.