Minister for the Office of Public Works, Deputy Brian Hayes is set to travel to Claregalway next Tuesday (the 25th July) to open Claregalway Bridge which was upgraded significantly after Christmas 2009 flooding.
And local Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has welcomed the completion of the works, at the cost of €8 million for the flood relief and prevention works,
“The families and farmers in this area will be delighted that the damage caused at end of 2009 is not likely to be repeated thanks to the upgraded bridge. I know that it has been a frustrating time for residents and those travelling through Claregalway, but in the long term the job has been done right, and for good.
“I have long maintained pressure on this issue and am only too aware that for some families the disruption of the floods continue. While the bridge is one very important response to the flooding, there are a number of further issues outstanding and I am bringing those to the attention of the Minister on a continuous basis. I am happy to note that Minister Hayes will meet with families in need of relocation,” she said.
The works were recommended by a joint OPW/Galway Co Council Working Group on the Clare River Flood Study.