Works continue to make real progress with 14 of the scheme's 20 structures are now well underway
The Graham Farrans Joint Venture have been busy working on the A6 Dualling Scheme for just over a year, first breaking ground in late June 2017.
And what a difference that year has made with a considerable amount of earthworks complete, 14/20 structures underway and the first layer of pavement being laid.
Listen to Gareth McLaverty, Graham Farrans Contracts Manager, discuss the A6 Dualling Scheme, one of Northern Ireland's current largest infrastructure projects, on BBC Inside Business's special episode on the Year of Infrastructure 2018
Update: ZONE 2 Randalstown - Toome
The new Randalstown Grade Separated Junction is really taking shape with 10 x 65T bridge beams lifted into place by a 500T crane in March 2018 and a concrete deck pour taking place in June 2018.
Further works are planned in the area with the construction of a new roundabout and the earthworks / embankments for the new dual carriageway route being carved through the landscape.
Further down the route of the new A6 Dualling Scheme between Randalstown and Toome the earthworks and drainage works have been making excellent progress, with a layer of capping stone already in place, in preparation for pavement to be laid.
Back in December 2017 the GFJV team spent months in preparation for the lifting of 10 x 65 T precast bridge beams, with the installation of north and south abutments, support bases, and 3piers. The team worked tirelessly through the snow and ice to ensure the bridge was installed on schedule using a 500T crane during a 2 day closure.
Then later in March 2018 the concrete deck was poured using 2 x 36m pumps. Formwork was then removed and the bridge's handrails installed.
The Derrygowan road will now be closed for approximately 12 months to allow the GFJV to create embankments, on-slips and off-slips, complete the earthworks and pavement required for the new overbridge and dual carriageway.
A new temporary roundabout was constructed on the A6 mainline during a road closure in April 2018 , the roundabout was created as a temporary measure to facilitate site traffic to turn left into one of the sites biggest 'Borrow Pits', behind Moneynick Primary School.
The site has a total of 6 Borrow Pits, with 5 currently in operation and a sixth Borrow Pit, between the Hillhead Road and Deerpark Road, due to open later this month.
In each Borrow Pit clay and rock are extracted and used in the construction of the mainline A6 and the new dual carriageway's embankments. There will be a total of 2,300,000 M3 of material moved during the construction of the A6 Dualling Scheme, 344,000M3 of which is rock, crushed and used for capping stone and drainage stone and 850,000M3 of which is clay used in the project's embankments.
Along the new route a number of accommodation underpasses have been installed. And works on the pillars and abutments for a number of small accommodation overbridges is well underway with 4 x 65T pre-cast concrete beams arriving on the 19 July for installation at the Dobbins Accommodation bridge.
The schemes first overbridge structure, the Ballynafey Bridge, will open on the 16 July 2018. This will carry traffic from the Ballynafey and Ranaghan roads over the new dual carriageway and it will enable the important link for the local community between Moneynick Road and Staffordstown Road to be maintained.
With the recent good weather the project's earthworks have been making great progress and have now entered a section between the Gallagh Road and the Drumderg Roundabout. The permanent closure of the Gallagh Road will take place on 16 July 2018.
At the Drumderg Roundabout a new Park and Ride facility with pedestrian footbridge is nearing completion with an expected opening date in late September 2018.