Bridge replacement “a victory for common sense”

August 26, 2013

Plans to replace the bridge at Cully Road in Silverbridge have been described as “a victory for common sense and just reward for people’s patience”, by Sinn Fein Councillor, Colman Burns.

Having been at the forefront of a campaign to erect a new bridge, Councillor Burns says he is delighted that work is to commence within weeks.

“The present bridge, located below Stokes’ Mill, that stands adjacent to the Carrive Road, has been in a bad state of repair for many years. This bridge was built at a time when much less and much lighter traffic travelled our local roads. Today, Cully Road has many more houses and greatly increased associated traffic crossing the bridge daily,” he said.

“When local people brought this issue to my attention, I contacted Roads Service and the Rivers Agency and pointed out that the existing bridge was no longer fit for use. I explained that the only solution was a new bridge to replace the existing one. We had many meetings on site before we all agreed that this indeed was the only way forward.

“I can now confirm the plans have been drawn up, the long wait is over and work should begin in the coming weeks.”

Encouraging the road users to exercise patience during the forthcoming road works, he added: “I must stress that, when work is ongoing, there will be diversions in place and I request that people are understanding of the situation.  Anyone who finds themselves in a totally unacceptable situation or finds these delays intolerable should contact me. However, the quicker this work is completed the better for everyone.”