The River Suir Bridge in Thurles which links Liberty Square with Cathedral Street, is to get urgent attention following reports of the undercarriage and supports of the bridge giving way in recent times.
The matter had been raised at the last meeting of Thurles Town Council when members expressed concerns about the condition of the supports of the bridge. And, it had even been suggested that the bridge was in a dangerous condition with the footpath surface also very poor.
However, at the October monthly meeting of the council this week, Thurles Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan informed the elected members that Area Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland had brought the attention to the matter of the National Roads Authority.
“The matter was referred to the NRA and on Friday last we received word from them that emergency works will be carried out on the Suir Bridge in the next few weeks. The footpaths also need to be up-graded on the bridge and I suppose we could be optimistic and hope that they will do them at the same time,” Mr Ryan said.
The bridge had received a substantial facelift in 2000 as part of the Millennium Project but it was simply that - a facelift - and no structural work had been carried out to the bridge which carries huge volumes of traffic into and out of Liberty Square each and every day.
News of the emergency works to be carried out was welcomed by Mayor John Kennedy and the council members who had been concerned about the condition of the bridge in the town.