The ongoing upgrade of the A6 transport corridor between Randalstown and Castledawson is the latest addition to ICE's 'This is Civil Engineering' campaign. The campaign, which sees huge banners displayed on infrastructure projects, aims to show the public the link between the work taking place and the benefit to the local community.
An estimated 18,000 roads users travel the A6 route on a daily basis, which often results in congestion at key times. Delivered by the Department for Infrastructure, the flagship investment of £160m will reduce journey times by one quarter, significantly improve road safety, better link communities and facilitate economic and inward investment.
"Having efficient, resilient infrastructure and transport links are key criteria for businesses looking to invest in an area," said Regional Director Richard Kirk. "Investors want short and consistent journey times to propel productivity, as well as good links between economic hubs."
"The improvements of this strategic transport corridor will strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry-Londonderry, as well as improve quality of life for thousands of people in Northern Ireland."
Graham Farrans Joint Venture have been awarded the contract of this essential work, which will be delivered in two parts: 7.3 kilometres between Randalstown and Toome and 7.4 kilometres between Toome and Castledawson and is expected to be completed by 2021.