Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has welcomed the completion of a £500,000 bridge replacement scheme linking Kilmore Village to Crossgar.
Kilmore Bridge is located on the edge of Kilmore Village, Crossgar and provides the main link between Kilmore and Crossgar across the Annacloy River.
Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said:
“The £500,000 replacement of Kilmore Bridge is welcome news for the communities in Kilmore and Crossgar and local people. The old bridge, in its previous condition, did not provide a satisfactory link between the two communities. The villages now have a modern bridge providing a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists and road users.”
The old Kilmore Bridge dated from the 1920’s and had failed recent loading assessments which resulted in a 10 tonne weight restriction being imposed over the existing bridge. The existing substandard bridge was also considered too narrow for two ‘wide’ vehicles to pass and as the bridge is at a junction, this caused additional safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians alike.
The Minister continued:
“I am determined to put in place the infrastructure needed for this generation and the next. The replacement of the bridge linking Kilmore and Crossgar is hugely important for the people living in this area - improving rural transport connections is fundamental if our rural communities are to thrive. The villages now have a modern, safe, well lit bridge that enhances the village.”
Other improvements include; the realignment of the Kilmore Road itself to the village side of the river and improvements to the Rocks Chapel Road approach to the bridge.
TransportNI had carefully planned the works and the associated traffic management arrangements in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public.
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