Construction Works start on new Blackwater Bridge in Monaghan Town

Construction Works start on new Blackwater Bridge in Monaghan Town

Following a tender competition, the contract for the replacement of the Blackwater Bridge in Monaghan Town has been awarded to Fox Building and Engineering Ltd. Monaghan County Council signed a Contract with the contractor on Friday 21st of December 2018.

The Blackwater Bridge Replacement Contract comprises the demolition of the existing Blackwater Bridge which carries the N2 National Road over the Blackwater River just north of Monaghan Town. The works will involve  the construction of a new three span bridge structure at the same location. Associated works include the re-alignment of approximately 300m of the road on either side of the new bridge.

To facilitate traffic movement on the N2 during the construction period a temporary diversion route of the N2, including a temporary bridge crossing of the river Blackwater will be constructed. Other works include new road drainage, street lighting, road markings and signage.

Construction works commenced on Monday 7th January 2019 and the works are expected to take approximately eighteen months to complete. Temporary Traffic Management, with a reduced speed limit, will be operating on the road at this location and will remain in place for the duration of the works. Every effort will be made to minimise any disruption or inconvenience to the local residents, businesses, emergency services and through-traffic.

These works are funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and will aid with the alleviation of flooding at this location. The N2 is the main Dublin to Derry route through County Monaghan and this section of the route is used by over 12,000 vehicles every day.

Cathaoirleach David Maxwell welcomed the start of the works and the Chief Executive Mr. Eamonn O’ Sullivan said that the project represented a major investment in the county’s road infrastructure.