£325,000 Bridge strengthening upgrade scheme for Galloon Bridge, Newtownbutler

Date published: 25 August 2021

The Galloon Bridge on the U9119 Galloon Road, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh is to have a £325,000 bridge strengthening upgrade, due to commence at the start of September 2021.

A bridge after strengthening work has taken place
An example of a bridge after strengthening work has taken place

The work proposed involves phased concrete repairs to the underside of the bridge which will result in reduced weight restrictions on certain days during the construction period.

Minister Mallon said:

“This significant investment to strengthen and upgrade the bridge will benefit everyone who uses the Galloon bridge.

“I would like to thank the public and local residents in advance for their cooperation and ask users of the Upper Lough Erne Waterway Navigation System to be mindful of the diversionary signage in place whilst the works take place.”

To help minimise disruption to the residents on Galloon Island access for light traffic will be maintained throughout the works. Diversions are not required, however to ensure the safety of road users and road workers a temporary weight limit restriction will be required for larger vehicles during the various phases of the works. The public are asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions and exercise care when travelling in the vicinity of the works.

The works will also impact on the Upper Lough Erne Waterway Navigation System. Therefore the navigation channel under Galloon Bridge will be closed throughout the duration of the works and directional diversion signage will be installed to inform water craft users of the alternative navigation arrangements.

The expected duration of the works is 12 weeks with completion anticipated by Wednesday 17 November 2021.

Completion of the work is subject to favourable weather conditions, however, the Department will keep the public informed of any change.  All work will be carried out in line with current public health and health and safety advice, with safe systems of working in place for staff and contractors. 

For more information about this and other improvement schemes visit: TrafficwatchNI

Notes to editors: 

  1. A routine bridge inspection identified structural deterioration of the bridge deck to the point where strengthening works to the bridge deck was deemed to be the most effective solution.
  2. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk.
  3. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
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