A top TransportNI engineer has advised members of Derry City and Strabane District Council that shovels should be biting earth on the Derry to Dungiven section of the A6 dualling scheme within three to six months.
Harry Gallagher, TransportNI's Network Development Manager for the Western Division, told a special meeting of the local authority's Environment and Regeneration Committee this week that the long-awaited roads project is expected to get underway in the spring.
Progress is also expected on the A5 by the end of this month, he advised.
"The A6 dualling schemeworks on the Dungiven to Drumahoe section expected to commence in Spring 2018. The Departmental Statement on the A5 scheme is also due to be published around the end of November," said Mr. Gallagher.
“Good progress has also been made on the maintenance programme in the District and some of the schemes completed include the Lifford Road in Strabane and the Rossdowney Road in the city along with surface dressing on the Mullenan Road.
“We are continuing to work through our network development programme also and have completed a number of schemes including carriageway improvements at Lisnaragh Road near Plumbridge,and the formal consultation for the Rossville Street Residents’ Parking Scheme is due to begin in early 2018," he told councillors.