Work set to begin on 'transformative' A6 road project
Work is to begin on the A6 road project "in the coming weeks" following the appointment of a contractor.
The Department for Infrastructure has appointed the contractor to construct the A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe Dualling Scheme.
The award is to a consortium of Sacyr, Wills Bros and Somague and is a major milestone in the delivery of this NI Executive Flagship project.
The 25.5 kilometre scheme represents an investment in the region of £220million, including land acquisition. The project will construct a high standard dual carriageway between Drumahoe and Dungiven, including a bypass of Dungiven, with roundabouts connecting the scheme to the existing road network at either end.
A Department for Infrastructure spokesperson said: "The A6 is a strategically important route as it connects the North West to Belfast and beyond. The existing road carries around 15,000 vehicles per day and with traffic levels continuing to grow, this very significant investment will greatly improve road safety and journey times by reducing congestion.
"The construction of this road will help to secure jobs in the construction industry, contribute to the economic development of the region and bring long term benefits to road users and local communities.
"Work is expected to commence in the coming weeks, and will take up to four years to complete."
Sinn Féin's Elisha McCallion said the appointment of a contractor is a 'crucial step' in the transformational project.
"I welcome the announcement today from the Department of Infrastructure that a contractor has now been appointed to construct the A6," the Foyle MP said
"The £220million project involves the creation of almost 26 kilometres of high-standard dual-carriageway between Dungiven and Drumahoe.
"Derry city and the north west region has been crying out for meaningful investment of this kind.
"This scheme will transform life for citizens and commuters in the area, and I look forward to its eventual completion."
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