£55m Frosses Road scheme on track for 2017 opening

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Work on the £55 million A26 Frosses Road dualling scheme is over 70 per cent completed, Causeway Coast & Glens Council has been told.

The progress report on the major route was part of an update to council by Gary Quinn, Transport NI Divisional Network Maintenance manager.

Mr Quinn said: “In the next six months, the Causeway Coast & Glens area will see the completion of a number of infrastructure projects that will realise significant benefits for both the local community and commuters.

“Work on the A26 Frosses Road dualling scheme is progressing very well with over 70% of the work completed. The £55million scheme is on track to be opened to traffic in the summer of 2017.

“The coming months will see upgrades completed including the B62 Ballybogey Road, Ballybogey, B67 Ballycastle Road, Coleraine, B74 Main Street, Feeny and B146 Causeway Road, Bushmills. Combined, this represents an investment of £450,000 and a range of other local traffic and safety measures have also already been delivered.”

Mr Quinn also advised that additional funding secured in the October monitoring will facilitate the delivery of a further £1.5million of structural maintenance work this financial year. Design work is already under way for a £40,000 upgrade to the vehicle restraint system at A43 Glenariff Road.

“It is also worth noting other infrastructure works in the area recently completed, including £2million invested to resurface 12 kilometres of carriageway, most notably, A6 Foreglen Road, Dungiven; A37 Broad Road and B69 Seacoast Road, Limavady; A26 Frosses Road, B16 Kilraughts Road, B62 Gate End/ Milltown Road, Ballymoney,

“In addition, £783,000 has been invested to provide surface dressing treatment on 53 kilometres of carriageway and more than 10 kilometres of rural roads have also been resurfaced under the Rural Roads Initiative at a cost of £500,000.”