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Dualling A2 would cost £160m, says Roads Minister.

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The Minister for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy MLA has said the cost of Dualling the A2 between Eglinton and the Limavady Bypass could cost up to £160m.

This was in response to a question tabled my East Londonderry MLA, Gregory Campbell who had asked about the estimated cost of dualling the aforementioned stretch of road.

Minister Kennedy told Mr Campbell; “At present there is no scheme proposal to dual the A2 from Eglinton to the Limavady Bypass in my Department’s road construction programme. You will be aware that a preferred route was established in 2010 for a bypass of Ballykelly, but due to funding constraints, the scheme has not progressed any further.”

The Minister went on to say; “A dual carriageway between Eglinton and the Limavady Bypass would be approximately 14km long, and the costs of such a scheme would be influenced by many factors including topography, ground conditions, the number of bridges/culverts/retaining walls and the dual carriageway standard.”

“Experience of recent schemes suggests the cost of providing a dual carriageway in Northern Ireland can range from £6 million to over £11 million per km. On that basis, the indicative cost for a 14km dual carriageway between Eglinton and Limavady would be in the region of £80 million to £160 million, however, a considerable amount of additional work would need to be undertaken before a scheme estimate could be developed”

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