Raymond McCartney said;
“The A5 upgrade is one of the most major infrastructural projects which has been planned in recent years and has the potential to transform the economy of the north west of Ireland.
“I welcome the fact that the Irish government have restated their support for the A5 project in this agreement.
“£75 million is now committed for this vital infrastructural project.
“Work on the first section on the upgrade is ready to begin in 2017, as soon as the remaining planning issues are resolved, and is due to be completed in 2019.
“This will see the redevelopment of the road from Newbuildings to north of Strabane.
“Sinn Féin has committed that work will start as soon as possible and we are determined to see the second phase of the A5 upgrade from Omagh to Aughnacloy start at the same time in 2017.
“This progress on the road is welcome and I look forward to the full completion of the A5 project as soon as possible.”