Bridge at Drumcong needs serious attention

Leitrim County Councillor’s Enda McGloin and Francis Gilmartin have called on the Local Authority to conduct an urgent survey of the bridge structure at Drumcong.

Leitrim County Councillor’s Enda McGloin and Francis Gilmartin have called on the Local Authority to conduct an urgent survey of the bridge structure at Drumcong.

The bridge, located on the junction between Drumshanbo, Kiltubrid and Ballinamore, has been the scene of a number of serious accidents in the past year resulting in structural damage to the surrounding stones.

“In times past the inside of this bridge was used by the ‘Narow Gauge Railway’ so it can be said the structure, size and design of the bridge belongs to a bygone era,” Cllr McGloin told the Leitrim Observer.

“This road carries heavy traffic along a route that includes cross border traffic and locally is the main Ballinamore to Carrick-on-Shannon road.”

Local Councillor Francis Gilmartin raised this issue at a recent monthly meeting of the authority where he was told officials had examined the damage done and moves were afoot to repair the damage however Cllr Gilmartin agrees that a long term solution is required.

“We are all aware that Leitrim Co Council has limited financial means however I am calling on the Director of Services to request his road design section to submit a plan to the NRA to perhaps ‘side step’ the existing structure to allow a wider span at this dangerous junction” he stated.

“Local people have raised concerns with public representatives following the frequent accidents and it is evident that the bridge is not fit for purpose, if the Council agree to submit a proposal to the NRA then I will ask local TD Tony McLoughlin to lobby both the NRA and the Minister, Leo Varadkar to ensure the necessary funding is considered,” concluded Cllr McGloin.