9 January 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Work on the new bridge over the River Blackwater beside Lakeland Dairies at Coolshannagh in Monaghan is progressing ahead of programme despite high river levels and it should be open by the end of March. Monaghan County Council’s January meeting was informed that installation of the bridge arches was completed on 22nd November. Depending on the weather, it is anticipated that the bridge rehabilitation programme will be completed between April and the end of June.

Accommodation works to allow access at St Macartan’s College and Lakeland are continuing. Construction work began a year ago. The tender for the work was awarded to Fox Building and Engineering Ltd. The Blackwater Bridge Replacement Contract began with the demolition of the existing Blackwater Bridge which carries the N2 National Road from Dublin to Derry over the Blackwater River just north of Monaghan Town.

The works involve the construction of a new three span bridge structure at the same location. Associated works include the re-alignment of approximately 300m of the road on either side of the new bridge. Other works include new road drainage, street lighting, road markings and signage. To facilitate traffic movement on the N2 during the construction period a temporary bailey bridge was put in place. These works are funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and will aid with the alleviation of flooding at this location.

This section of the N2 route is used by over 12,000 vehicles every day. Monaghan County Council Chief Executive Eamonn O’Sullivan said the project represented a major investment in the county’s road infrastructure.

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