Hill Street Bridge plan seems as far away as ever

Cllr Martin Bellew

Cllr Martin Bellew

Dundalk town councillor Martin Bellew has asked the council for an updated report on the current position regarding the removal of Hill Street Bridge.

The council has stated there will be a review of the design of Hill Street Bridge to see if “it currently addresses the needs of traffic, pedestrians and cyclists for the future development of Dundalk”.

Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle, chairman Dundalk Town Council, has already called for a redesign of the whole area once the new shopping centre is finished.

At the moment, the council does not have the money to remove Hill Street Bridge.

Cllr O’Boyle was also concerned earlier about a traffic black spot occurring during the current construction of the new shopping centre.

“You would hope that some sort of traffic management system will be looked at in the area of the bridge and the entry to the new temporary Tesco shop,” he said.

However, that does not seem to have been necessary as traffic has been flowing freely.

However, the removal of the bridge seems as far away as possible, as in the current financial situation, the council does not have the financial resources to carry out the project. And next May, the council will no longer exist.

The bridge orginally spanned the railway line from the Sqaure Crossing at Dundalk station to Quay Street station and then on to Greenore. It closed in 1951 and the Barrack Street line 20 years ago.


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