Stewart Dickson MLA said: “This is a very important route for people in East Antrim and for business in the area.
“It is vital that the Minister for Regional Development moves forward with plans for the upgrade of this road.
“My predecessor Seán Neeson did much work on this and I am pleased to take over the mantle in campaigning for these improvements.
“Almost every day there is gridlock on this road and it is essential for people in the area, for business, commerce and tourism that it is upgraded to meet the demand on this route. This is the number one issue for businesses and traders in the area.
“The dualling of this route is absolutely essential. For too long Carrickfergus has been left somewhat isolated from our main city, Belfast, and this must change through the delivery of progress on this project.”