Work to start on Rooskey Bridge in autumn

Reconstruction work at Rooskey Bridge is to get underway in autumn, despite public announcements to the contrary, according to Cllr. Tom Crosby. Cllr. Crosby, who raised the matter at a recent meeting of Roscommon County Council, was informed that the works on the bridge will commence in September/October next.    Cllr. Crosby also raised concerns regarding the traffic management on the bridge during the construction period which is expected to last for up to twelve months. His concerns related to pedestrian and vehicle access during the construction period as a total closure of the Bridge crossing the Shannon from Roscommon to Leitrim/Longford would cause major disruption to the local and wider community the business community, visitors and tourism in the area as it would mean travelling several miles to Tarmonbarry or Carrick-on-Shannon to just go to the businesses on opposite side of the Bridge in Rooskey Village. It would also cause major disruption to the farming community some of whom own land on both sides of the Bridge. The Director of Services in Roscommon County Council informed Cllr. Crosby that the Council had to comply with all health and safety legislation but that the Council would look at every possible way in order to minimise disruption to pedestrian and vehicle access during the course of the construction.