Councillor labels NRA blunder on Limerick bridges ‘a disgrace’

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

COUNTY councillor Mike Donegan has branded the construction of new structural supports for bridges along the N20 as a “disgrace” and is seeking a full report on the cost of the “shocking” and “dangerous” project.

COUNTY councillor Mike Donegan has branded the construction of new structural supports for bridges along the N20 as a “disgrace” and is seeking a full report on the cost of the “shocking” and “dangerous” project.

The National Roads Authority admitted it “got it wrong” when it gave the go-ahead for flawed flyover supports along the N20 between Cork and Limerick and which could cost up to €50,000 to rectify.

“I don’t know who in their right mind would put those concrete slabs so close to the yellow line,” said the Kilmallock-based councillor Mike Donegan.

“It’s absolutely disgraceful. They were not even a foot away from the edge of the road on the main N20,” he said.

The authority was told by motorists that the support clearings – which looked like wide footpaths and provide support to bridges and prevent water erosion – were causing a hazard. The NRA confirmed the structures were too wide and have scaled them back.

See the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader for a full report.