Omagh, Northern Ireland.
OMAGH’S newest pedestrian bridge will have to wait a little longer before coming into operation after being damaged just as it was being put in place.
With the bridge damaged during it’s placement, supports from the second crane are removed for it to be returned to it’s original position.
The pedestrian bridge was being installed between Lisanelly and Hunter Crescent when the underside of the structure was bent after hitting concrete.
The damage has resulted in the work, which is part of the Sustrans £900,000 Connect 2 Riverside Walk scheme, being suspended.
Chairman of Sustrans, Paddy McGowan, described the incident as a “blip” and said that the bridge would soon be completed.
“This structure will be one of the greatest achievements for the town in recent years as it is going to completely transform the link between Strathroy and the Derry Road area,” he said.
“Obviously what has happened is disappointing, but is merely a short-term setback.”
One of those who saw the incident happened was Frank Nugent from Ashgrove Park, a former chairman of the group charged with bringing the project to fruition.
“It was very disappointing to see the bridge being damaged because this is something which I’ve taken a very keen interest in for a number of years now.
“There was a very loud bang when the bridge hit the concrete. Those of us who were watching could see what was going to happen, but couldn’t prevent it.”
A spokesperson for Omagh District Council said that they had received an initial briefing from the contractor, McLaughlin and Harvey. They have requested a report by the end of this week identifying what happened and outlining what is needed to complete the work.
“Work on the remaining element of the £900k project is unaffected and it is currently anticipated that the projected will be completed on programme,” the spokesperson said.
Category: Accident Report