Gilligan welcomes Tay Lane Rathcoole Footbridge Refurb

Trevor Gilligan Basketball Rathcoole

Local Councillor Trevor Gilligan recently welcomed news on the Tay Lane footbridge refurbishment works, he said “Local residents have waited a long time for this upgrade and I look forward to the works being completed in a timely manner. I am happy to assist residents, should they have enquiries regarding these works. Required works are as follows: Sandblasting, replacing areas of corrosion, re-waterproofing the structure, painting”

“TII are responsible for this bridge and have identified the need to carry out a significant refurbishment of this bridge as a result of significant corrosion of the structure. It is proposed to remove the ramps to the footbridge around late March ’24. As such there will only be pedestrian access over the footbridge via the stairs. A diversion route for cyclists will be put in place via Rathcoole Overbridge. On the 1st July ’24 the stairs, main span and pylon will be removed off site for refurbishment. The intention is to have the main span and ramps back in place in early September. The closure of the footbridge from the 1st July will require a statutory notice and this process will be carried out in May. It will also be necessary to advise residents near Tay Lane of the upcoming works. A flyer will be circulated in the area in Mid March. 

Approximate Timeline includes Late March: Remove ramps. April – June: Refurbishment of ramps. Late June: Remove main beam and stairs. July- August: Refurbishment of main beam. Early September: Transport ramps and main beam to site and re-erect. September-October: Refurbishment of stairs. And Early November: Transport stairs to site and re-erect. 

Sarah Brooks

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