Works to complete the upgrading of the southern side of Castlefinn Bridge will begin in the coming weeks. The news comes after the signing of a contract between the Council and the contractor this morning.
Local Councillor Gary Doherty has welcomed the news.
"The news that the contract has been signed and work to finish the southern side of the bridge will come as a huge relief to the residents of Castlefinn and everyone who uses the bridge. Work on the bridge began last year when the stone walls were removed and the bridge widened. However we have had to wait until now for further funding to become available to finish the job. We were left with a half finished bridge which was both unsightly and unsafe, but I am hugely satisfied that now the contracts have been signed, the work will commence and the bridge will be returned to its former glory.
"The work is scheduled to begin in the third week of September, and will complete the southern side of the bridge. The contract includes for the restoration of the stone cladding on the bridge. This is essential to preserve the heritage and historical integrity of Castlefinn Bridge.
"We are very proud of our bridge, and when the work is finished I am hopeful that the people of the area will acknowledge that it was worth the wait in order for the work to be done right and the aesthetic beauty retained."