The dualling of the A26 is on schedule and is due to be completed by summer 2017.
A request for an update on the progress was tabled by East Londonderry MLA Adrian McQuillan. Responding, the Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard said
“The 5 mile (or 8 kilometre) long A26 dualling scheme between Glarryfordand the A44 Drones Road junction forms part of the key transport route between Belfast, the north coast, and some of the provinces most popular tourist attractions. The scheme represents a significant £55million investment by the Executive and has provided a welcome boost to the local economy.
Construction of the scheme commenced in April 2015, and I am very pleased to advise that work has been progressing well – to date, approximately 70% of the works are complete – so we are on programme for completion by summer 2017.
The majority of earthworks are substantially complete and work is well advanced on all major structures, with six substantially complete. Construction of the new carriageway is also progressing well.
Once fully completed, this scheme will reduce journey times during peak hours, improve journey time reliability and improve the safety performance along this section of the A26.”