Dungiven road project a ‘sticking plaster’ - claims MLA

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard. (Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.)

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard. (Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.)

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A resurfacing project along a stretch of the Foreglen Road near Dungiven must not be allowed to become a “sticking plaster” in lieu of progress on the wider A6 dualling and by-pass project, a local MLA has warned.

SDLP MLA Gerry Mullan was speaking after Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard announced that the new £80,000 scheme is due to start on Monday.

Speaking on the resurfacing project, Mr Mullan, meanwhile, said: “I would prefer to see the full A6 upgrade including the Dungiven by-pass and not a very expensive sticking plaster.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Sean McGlinchey yesterday said while investment in roads infrastructure was welcome, he was anxious to see more progress on the dualling of the A6 and the Dungiven by-pass.

He expressed disappointment at challenges mounted to the wider roads projects plans in the region.

Confirming the Foreglen project is expected to take around a month to complete, Minister Chris Hazzard said this week: “This investment will greatly improve the surface quality of the carriageway on this strategic route between the North West and Belfast, which carries 11,000 vehicles on a daily basis.

“The growth of our economy depends on having good infrastructure in place to meet the needs of our people.

“The benefits of the upgrade to the Foreglen Road will go towards helping meet these needs and improving transport connections for people, goods and services.”

The Department has said that TransportNI has carefully programmed the works and traffic management arrangements in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public.

Motorists should be aware that some delays may be expected and that additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.