Published Wednesday, 11 July 2012
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Joint financial support to dual the road was agreed by the governments of Northern Ireland and the Republic, as part of the St Andrew's Agreement in 2006, and construction was expected to start in 2012.
The Roads Service planned to upgrade the route between Londonderry and Strabane and build a dual carriageway between Omagh and Ballygawley.
The major restructuring was designed to slash travel times from Northern Ireland to the Republic.
However, few developments in the province have ever faced opposition on such a scale. Over 2,000 objections were lodged during the formal consultation period, which ran from November 2010 until January 2011.
Reports on Wednesday indicated that the public inquiry will give the £330m scheme the green light.
But while supporters say the road will bring jobs and investment, landowners say they will pay the real price.
"We are very angry, absolutely furious. Because, as far as we're concerned, the public inquiry was only done to be seen to be done," one affected landowner, Barbara Lowry, told UTV.
"They didn't listen to our concerns, they didn't take on board what we said to them, they didn't pay attention to our views or our alternatives on this issue."
But Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty said the road was crucial for the economic growth of local towns and villages.
"It gives towns like Omagh, Strabane, Derry, and the villages in between, connectivity to Belfast and to Dublin and on to the wider European market and all of these things are crucial if you want to develop an economy," he said.
The results of the public inquiry won't be officially released until the end of this month, but work is expected to start in the autumn.