Work has begun on the A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe dualling scheme.
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.
The scheme will be completed by a contractor consortium of Sacyr, Wills Bros and Somague.
Speaking as he joined local representatives to cut the first sod, the Department’s Northern Divisional Roads Manager David Porter 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 take up to four years to complete.