Hazzard announces the start of £250,000 road improvements for Milltown Bridge, Maghera

Date published: 13 September 2016

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced the start of a £250,000 bridge widening and strengthening works at Milltown Bridge, Craigadick Road, Maghera.

Raking whilst resurfacing a footway

Milltown Bridge on the Craigadick Road is a narrow two span masonry arch bridge. A footway has been constructed from Maghera to this bridge but the narrow road width means the footway could not be provided across the existing structure without it first being widened.

Minister Hazzard said:

“This bridge widening will complete a missing footway link between Maghera and Milltown with its associated GAC sports facilities.

“This current work will involve the construction of new foundations in the river and the placing of precast arch sections as well as the removal of the existing road surface to permit strengthening work to be carried out on the original part of the structure.

“The new work will allow provision of a footway and replacement parapets will be finished in masonry similar to the existing bridge.”

The work will be carried out by McCallan Brothers, on behalf of TransportNI. The work will begin at Milltown Bridge in September 2016 and the road will be closed to vehicular traffic for a 12 week period with diversions via A29 Tobermore Road and A6 Glenshane Road. Pedestrians will be accommodated during the works.

TransportNI apologises for any disruption to businesses and residents in the area and asks for their cooperation while this very necessary work is underway.  Motorists and pedestrians are asked to approach the works with care and to abide by the diversion route as signed.  Every effort will be made to expedite the works.

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