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New Pedestrian Footbridge at KillygordonA new pedestrian footbridge opened today (20th December) at Dromore in Killygordon. The bridge which was officially opened by former Donegal County Council Chairman, Cllr Patrick McGowan, is an important pedestrian link between the communities of Killygordon and Crossroads.
The bridge which crosses the river Finn was championed by Cllr Patrick McGowan during his term as chairman of Donegal County Council in 2004 / 2005 supported by the other Stranorlar elected representatives Cllr J.J Reid and Cllr Alice Bonner. Cllr McGowan said “It gives me great pleasure to see this footbridge commissioned which will be an invaluable asset to the communities of Crossroads and Killygordon” He continued “ I would like to thank the County Manager and his staff for the work put into securing the funding for this bridge and constructing it in a timely fashion”.
The new footbridge runs parallel to and at the same level as Dromore Road Bridge. The 7 arch masonry road bridge, which is a protected structure, was constructed in 1782 long before the advent of the motor car. The road bridge is therefore relatively narrow with no footways or street lights and so poses safety concerns in today’s modern world, particularly with schools and community attractions on both sides of the river. The new footbridge endeavours to balance both safety and heritage concerns. For heritage purposes care was taken in the design stages of the footbridge, to ensure that the profile matched that of the existing road bridge and stunning views of the river Finn can be obtained from the bridge deck. For safety purposes the footbridge is over 2m wide and connects directly into existing local infrastructure.
Construction on the bridge started in July 2007 and progress was swift with the concrete foundations and abutments being poured in August and September, whilst off site the steel bridge deck was being constructed. The Site lay dormant for a short while enabling the concrete to gain strength until early November when the bridge deck was lifted into place. Work then ensued to complete the project and get the bridge opened up to the public. Ray Rice of SIAC (NI) LTD explained “This was both a challenging and enjoyable project, and it gives me great pleasure to see it officially opened to the public here today”.
The new footbridge is a 5 span steel structure supported by concrete foundations. The bridge was designed by Damien McKay Ltd and constructed by SIAC (NI) LTD. The footbridge spans 120m over the river Finn and carries a 2m wide footbridge which connects into the local footway network. The cost of the Bridge is €427,628 (incl VAT) and was jointly funded by Donegal County Council and INTERREG.