Community consulted over Strabane bridge works
05 May 2015
A series of special community consultation meetings have taken place in Strabane to update local residents on the progress of the new pedestrian and cycle bridge as it reaches assembly stage.
Derry City and Strabane District Council held the public meetings last week with residents and community representatives to inform them of the progress of the construction works on the bridge over the coming weeks.
The meetings took place in St Patrick’s Hall and Melvin Sports Complex ahead of the next phase of construction works which commence on Wednesday May 6th, continuing until the beginning of June.
Speaking on behalf of Derry City and Strabane District Council, a spokesperson said: “The mast components for the bridge will arrive on site on Wednesday and welding work on the mast is expected to continue until the beginning of June.
“Weather permitting, the erection of the bridge deck components will start in mid-June and this work is scheduled for completion by the end of June.
“We are aware of the concerns of residents living in close proximity to the works and will continue to keep the community informed of progress at the site, and any works which may impact on the area. Anyone with any queries about the works should contact the council directly.”
The new pedestrian and cycle bridge will have a 95 metre span over the River Mourne, and will significantly improve the infrastructure in the Strabane area from its completion in early July.
The landmark will link the two communities of Ballycolman and Meetinghouse Street, promoting further community cohesion and providing safer crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists as well as improving access to key health and leisure services.
New outdoor leisure/recreation programmes will be developed by Derry City and Strabane District Council using the new bridge as a route for walking and cycling initiatives, leading to improved health and wellbeing.
Anyone who would like further information about the construction works can contact Derry City and Strabane District Council on 02871 253253.