Concern over Athy bridge

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Paula Campbell

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Paula Campbell

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Concern over Athy bridge

Ardreigh Railway bridge

Deputy Sean O Fearghail has written to the council to express his concerns about the potential dangers at the railway bridge at Ardreigh, Athy, due to an increase in the volume of trucks using the bridge.

“The bridge was never meant to take those weights on a constant basis,” he said.

“Apparently this had been going on for the last couple of months and is likely to continue for the next number too.

“The walls that separate the road from the low down houses in Bridgefield Manor are looking very fragile. Lorries are having to back up when they meet an oncoming one on the bridge. All it takes is for a lorry backing up to go back too far and take the wall out of it or indeed go too far and the consequences for residents below are unthinkable. I have asked that safety checks be carried out on the bridge and also safety measures be put in place on the fragile wall to ensure safety for homes in Bridgefield Manor directly below the road.”

A statement from Kildare County Council said that while the council is engaging with Iarnroid Eireann with regard to the railway bridge at Ardreigh, Athy, responsibilty for inspecting, maintaining and the carrying out of safety checks on the bridge rests with Iarnroid Eireann.