By Dan Walsh
Good news for Wexford County Council this week is the allocation of €464,000 for 16 bridge rehabilitation works on regional and local roads across the county. In addition, €100,000 has been allocated for a specific improvement works at The Deeps Bridge over the River Slaney at Killurin.
Killurin Bridge, also called The Deeps Bridge from the ruined castle on the west bank, is 610 feet long, designed by the Dublin firm of Delap and Waller, built in 1915. It has five spans on the eastern side, five spans on the western side, and in the middle, a steel lifting span of 40 feet opening to facilitate navigation. The supporting piers consist of reinforced concrete pile groups carried up to the deck and cross braced. The present bridge replaced a timber trestle bridge erected in 1842-44.
2021 allocations for bridge rehabilitation works are as follows; Tombrack Bridge, Ferns (€20,000); Clonmore Bridge, Bree (€50,000); Johnstown Bridge, Clonegal (€20,000); Ballintray Bridge, Courtown (€35,000); Ballybregagh Bridge, Castle Ellis, (€30,000); Ballinacash Bridge, Oulart, (€35,000); Garryrichard Bridge, Foulksmills (€40,000); Dunmain Bridge, Gusserane, (€30,000); Ballyanne Bridge, New Ross (€23,000); Brideswell Bridge, Bridgetown, (€17,000); Mulmontry Bridge, Taghmon (€25,000); Andrews Bridge, Carrig-on-Bannow, (€15,000); Kildavin Bridge, Murrintown, (€20,000); Aughwilliam Bridge, Taghmon (€19,000); Wexford Bridge (€50,000) and Carrigmannon Bridge, Glynn (€35,000).