Provide-chain points and global-market volatility are delaying the completion of a brand new highway connecting Derry and Dungiven, Stormont’s Division for Infrastructure (DfI) has mentioned.
The 15-mile twin carriageway is a part of the A6 improve linking Derry and Belfast.
It had been because of be accomplished earlier this yr.
DfI mentioned it’s “working intently with the contractor” to agree a completion date.
Talking earlier this week, DUP East Derry MP Gregory Campbell criticised the “contentious delays” to the improve.
He was talking after a weekend of disruption for a lot of residents and companies in Dungiven, as a important highway by means of the city was closed to permit for resurfacing work.
“The minister [John O’Dowd] must get an edge on this and get this highway accomplished,” Mr Campbell mentioned.
The Division mentioned it was anticipated the scheme “may very well be accomplished by Spring 2022”, however the Covid-19 pandemic “had a serious affect” on its progress.
The DfI mentioned numerous actions had been disrupted because of “social distancing necessities, employees absences and points related to the availability chain”.
“Ongoing international market volatility has additionally impacted the scheme supply,” they mentioned.
A spokesperson for the division mentioned employees and contractors had continued to progress the strategically essential mission “regardless of the distinctive challenges”.
It was a weekend of disruption for a lot of residents and companies in Dungiven, as a important highway by means of the city was closed to permit for resurfacing work.
It will likely be closed once more by the Division for Infrastructure this coming weekend as nicely, for extra resurfacing work to be carried out.
“There have been issues final weekend as a result of the highway was closed on the Dungiven finish, and that’s going to be repeated this weekend,” Mr Campbell mentioned.
“Then, on the different finish of the highway, at Drumahoe, the highway can be closed the next weekend, so that is going to go on for the entire of September with nonetheless no finish date in sight.
“In the intervening time, in case you’re driving on that highway, it’s single-file site visitors, a 40-mile-per-hour pace restrict and no overtaking permitted – that’s what we’ve got for 17 miles for a lot of the highway.”
Mr Campbell mentioned motorists within the north west want solutions.
“Everybody understands there could also be issues. Everybody understands that in some unspecified time in the future roads might have to be closed,” he mentioned.
“However they should clarify clearly, in simple phrases, to the travelling public in Dungiven, Drumahoe, Claudy and all over the place in between about what is occurring.”
The division apologised for the disruption brought about to highway customers and people residing within the neighborhood.
A spokesperson mentioned the roadworks at Dungiven over two weekends have been required to finish last surfacing at a brand new roundabout.
“We’re working intently with the contractor to agree a date for completion of the scheme,” they mentioned.
Market volatility and provide points delaying A6 improve was final modified: September tenth, 2022 by