Construction of Magherafelt bypass won’t start until 2015


Construction work on the £40 million Magherafelt bypass is now expected to get underway early in the new year, the local District Council was told.

Work had been scheduled to begin in September but councillors heard the vesting order to acquire the lands necessary for the scheme only became available in May, and the procurement of the works contract is underway.

It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded in December which would allow construction to start in January 2015 and completed by autumn of 2016.

Advance works involving archaeological and ground investigation will be carried out over the route of the bypass during the summer.

Meanwhile plans for the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson carriageway are currently with the Planning Department, seeking approval to construct an alternative east of Bellshill junction at Castledawson.

Continuing, Divisional Roads Manager Mr Conor Loughrey said in the Magherafelt Council area, £3.9 million was spent on structural maintenance during the past year.

“The year end figures showed a substantial increase on the initial budget of £2.3 million,” said Mr Loughrey.

“In total 23.34 kilometres of carriageway were resurfaced, the most significant schemes being A42 Mayogall Road, Gulladuff and the A6 Glenshane Road, Knockloughrim.”

He stressed that final budget allocations for 2014-15 had not yet been finalised but indicative figures suggested that the section will start with a budget of £1 million for structural maintenance.

He continued: “A number of major trunk road resurfacing schemes are to be carried out this year totalling 3.4km at a cost of £62,000. These include the A29 Desertmartin Road, Killytoney and the A6 Castledawson bypass.”

Councillors heard the capital spend for the District in 2013-2014 on local transport and safety measures, including bridge strengthening and street lighting, was £780k. Significant schemes included the A31 Castledawson Road, Magherafelt.