‘Cully Road replacement bridge now at design stage’ – Burns

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns has said that he is reassured to hear that the bridge replacement at Cully Road, Silverbridge is now at design stage and work is scheduled to begin before the end of the current financial year. Councillor Burns was speaking following his receipt of a written reply from Road Service Officials to questions he had asked regarding the progress of the bridge project. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Burns said, “I brought the condition of the present bridge to the attention of Roads Service officials some time ago. I pointed out the fact that traffic on the Cully Road has risen substantially in recent years due to an upsurge in development on the road. They agreed that the bridge was no longer adequate and remedial work would have to begin immediately.” “This repair work has happened, but, due to the narrowness of the bridge, any repairs are temporary and the bridge continues to show the scars of modern wider vehicles. Residents on the Cully Road have been very patient down through the years as they waited for some improvements to the, quite dangerous, crossing.” Councillor Burns continued, “It is very satisfying; therefore, that there is now light at the end of the tunnel and a new bridge is looking like becoming a reality in the not too distant future. Like all projects, this bridge replacement will be subject to finances being available but I will continue, in the coming months, to emphasise to the roads authorities, the importance of renewing this bridge for the many people of Cully Road, that cross it several times per day.”
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