It's been confirmed the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme is to proceed, with an investment of £160million.
The scheme will provide approximately 14.7km of new dual carriageway on the main road linking Derry and Belfast : 7.3km between Randalstown and Toome and 7.4km between Toome and Castledawson.
The North's Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said this morning that one of his key priorities over the next five years is redressing the North’s infrastructure deficit, particularly west of the Bann.
He says this will strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry and positively develop the A6 as a key transport route into the wider North West area.
It's hoped that construction will get underway in October, with advanced ground investigation work already underway and archaeological investigatory work is due to commence in the coming week.
The minister says an estimated 18,000 vehicles use this stretch every day.