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 !
Please drive with extra care whilst you acquaint yourself with the new road layouts
Drumadoon Road is currently closed to access to and from the A26, except for access to Drumadoon House. Diversion routes are in place from the new Lisnasoo Junction.
Drumadoon Link Road opened on the 20th February 2017 and gives access to and from the A26 from Cloughmills via the Drumadoon Road. Access to Drumadoon house will be retained from the A26, not by use of the Drumadoon Link Road. Please drive with extra care whilst you acquaint yourself with the new road layout.
Springmount Road will be closed to access to and from the A26 on 20th February 2017. Diversion routes will be in place.
Mounthamilton Road is closed to access to and from the Drumadoon Road this will not change after the Drumadoon Link Road is opened on the 20th February 2017. Diversion routes are in place.
The Lisnasoo Road Junction opened to traffic on and off the A26 on Sunday 22nd January 2017. Please drive with extra care whilst you acquaint yourself with the new road layout.
Haul Route traffic lights are in use for heavy plant crossings throughout the scheme in off-peak times when required by the works in that area.
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;