Birch Grove Bridge to be replaced

BIRCH Grove Bridge in Camross is to be replaced and is on Laois County Council’s programme of bridge works for the current year, councillors heard at a recent Borris in Ossory electoral area meeting.

BIRCH Grove Bridge in Camross is to be replaced and is on Laois County Council’s programme of bridge works for the current year, councillors heard at a recent Borris in Ossory electoral area meeting.

Councillor Michael Lalor asked that the bridge be replaced and said that “people are are going ten and eleven miles out of their way to get to land on the other side”. He told the meeting that the bridge “is a very important tourist road in the Slieve Bloom mountains and is causing great inconvenience to local people and landowners in the area”.

Michael Malone, senior executive engineer for Laois County Council said that the Department of Transport has allocated funding for the replacement of the Birch Grove Bridge. “Tenders have been received for the geotechnical investigation, and an Investigation contract has been awarded. We expect work on the geotechnical investigation to commence in the coming weeks. When the geotechnical investigation data becomes available, the structural design work on the bridge can be finalised. We are confident that the replacement work on the bridge will be completed in this year”, he said.