Plans to replace the iron bridge on Tirconnaill Street in Donegal Town have taken a big step forward.

Cllr Tom Conaghan (Ind) told the Donegal Post that tenders had been opened and were being examined by Donegal County Council.

“I was invited over to Lifford recently as Chairman of Donegal Municipal District to witness the tenders being opened,” he said. “There is still a bit to be done before the work can start. But this is a big step and I am delighted to see progress.

“It is important that everything is done right at this stage. I don’t want to put a time frame on it but I am optimistic that work will start fairly soon. And I know from experience that once contractors get the go-ahead, they move in quickly and get the job done.

Positive

“We were a long time waiting to get funding for this bridge. I am feeling very positive about getting it this far.”

Funding of a maximum of €700,000 to replace the bridge was approved by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport last June. This followed an application by Donegal County Council. The money is to cover deck replacement and associated works.

In regard to the other major developments in Donegal Town, Cllr Conaghan said: “I know the road being closed at the Mullins is a bit of an inconvenience for people at the moment.  But it will be well finished before the roads start to get busier in the summer and this is a very positive development for Donegal Town.”

The site at Drumlonagher is also progressing well. It will include Supermacs and a service station.

“We expect that to be finished by later summer,” said Cllr Conaghan. “I’m told that they are using local contractors so that will be a good boost for the area.”

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