Tenders opened for Elactagh work

Tenders have been opened in Lifford for long-awaited improvements to the Elactagh Bridge.

Tenders have been opened in Lifford for long-awaited improvements to the Elactagh Bridge.

The county council erected a temporary bailey bridge in November 2012 on the R252, after a report found the narrow Elactagh bridge unfit for purpose. The bailey bridge costs about 3,000 euro a month. “We can’t keep paying that,” said local Fianna Fáil Cllr. Patrick McGowan.

The council will send the tenders to Dublin for assessment and will seek the National Roads Association and Department of Transport approval needed to appoint a contractor. The work, when completed next year, will include a two-way bridge and upgraded approach roads. “It will be a vast improvement,” Cllr. McGowan said.