Minister views progress on Magherafelt bypass

Work on the £35 million Magherafelt bypass in Northern Ireland is progressing well.

A significant amount of work has already been completed since construction started earlier this year.

The six kilometre scheme represents an investment of £35m by the Northern Ireland Executive and entails the construction of a single carriageway, with sections of 2+1 overtaking lanes, as well as a number of bridges and new roundabouts. Work is being carried out by Bam/McCann joint venture.

Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “I have been very impressed by the progress of the work on this important scheme which, once completed, will benefit Magherafelt and all those who travel along this busy route.

“The contract for this major project is currently contributing over £1m per month into the local economy. It has also helped to secure jobs in the local construction industry and will contribute towards the economic development of the Mid-Ulster area.

“The bypass scheme aims to improve road safety, reduce congestion and thereby improve Magherafelt town centre environment and improve journey times.”

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