Leinster Aqueduct road closed again after car hits repaired bridge

Only open a matter of days after almost four month closure

Conor McHugh

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Conor McHugh

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Leinster Aqueduct road closed again after car hits repaired bridge

The repaired wall before the road was reopened a few days ago.

Mere days after it reopened after a three month closure, the road linking Digby Bridge to Osberstown has been closed again until futher notice.

Last January a section of wall on a bridge adjacent to the Leinster Aqueduct fell away into a ravine making the road unsafe. The road was closed for several months for repair until it reopened a little more than a week ago.

However, in recent days the repair wall was struck by a vehicle. Kildare County Council informed Waterways Ireland, which is  esponsible for the structure, and the road was reclosed again.

A statement from the County Council gave no indication of how long it would be closed on this occasion, except that it would be “until further notice”.

A section of wall near the Aqueduct, completed as part of the repair project

As well as repairing the wall of the bridge, a 3.5 tonne limit was placed on the road, and warning signs were placed on the approach to the narrow section of road that goes over the Aqueduct.

The Aqueduct, carrying the Grand Canal over the River Liffey was constructed in 1784 as part of works to extend the canal out as far Robertstown.

Read more: Kildare County Council says Leinster Aqueduct set to reopen in coming days