The A26 is the main route from Belfast to the North Antrim Coast and is currently a busy standard single carriageway. The corridor is located between the two towns of Ballymoney and Ballymena and close to the towns of Clough, Cloughmills and Glarryford. The existing section of road comprises of 7.8km from the northern end of the existing dual carriageway at Glarryford to just north of the junction with the A44. The works are being carried out by FP McCann and BAM as a joint venture.
Announcing the contract award, Minister Kennedy highlighted the importance of the scheme: “This is a strategically important route which links Belfast to the north coast of Northern Ireland and its most popular tourist attractions. The existing road carries around 18,000 vehicles per day and with traffic levels continuing to grow, this very significant investment will help improve road safety, reduce congestion and improve journey times."
BAM McCann JV would like to take this opportunity to thank all road-users, residents and businesses for their on-going understanding, co-operation and patience while this road extension programme is underway.
Contract start date: September 2014
Contract completion date: Spring 2017
!! TRAFFIC LAYOUT CHANGE !!
Lisnasoo Road is currently closed to Traffic at the junction with the A26 with diversion routes in place. The Lisnasoo Road Junction will open to traffic on and off the A26 on 9th January 2017. Please drive with extra care whilst you acquaint yourself with the new road layout.
Drumadoon Road will be closed to access to and from the A26 from Monday 9th January 2017. Diversion routes will be in place from the new Lisnasoo Junction.
Mounthamilton Road will be closed to access to and from the Drumadoon Road on Monday 9th January 2017. Diversion routes will be in place.
Traffic was transferred to the new northbound lanes from south of CloughMills Water until Ballyligg Farm on Wednesday 28th November. Please drive with extra care whilst you acquaint yourself with the new road layout
Northbound Traffic on the A26 is travelling through the new Drones Road (A44) Junction Roundabout. Please drive with extra care whilst you acquaint yourself with the new road layout.
Southbound Traffic on the A26 will be diverted from Kilraughts Roundabout at Ballymoney onto the A44 Drones Road from Monday 31st October. The Diversion route will be signposted. Northbound traffic on the A26 will remain on the A26.
For up to date information in regards to traffic management in place in connection with these works please click on the link below;
To view the A26 Dualling Newsletter please clink on the link below;