INCLEMENT weather conditions are being blamed for the continued closure of Strabane’s pedestrian bridge.
First shut off to public access on October 25 “to facilitate essential maintenance repairs” it was initially anticipated by Derry City and Strabane District Council that the walkway connecting the Head of the Town and the Ballycolman would only be closed for little more than a week.
To facilitate the festivities, the bridge re-opened temporarily on Halloween night but has been closed since, resulting in complaints from the public. One local man said it is testament to the popularity of the bridge that so many people are complaining about the hiatus in access.
“I don’t know what we did before the bridge opened,” the local man, who preferred not to be named, said. “I use it twice a day everyday and I know lots of other people do as well.”
He added, “But you can’t argue with the weather. What I’d like to ask is: Why weren’t the repairs done in the summertime if they were weather dependent?”
When contacted in relation to the issue, a spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council confirmed that necessary work is well advanced on the footbridge “and it is currently anticipated that the bridge will reopen by the end of next week subject to weather conditions.”
The spokesperson added, “We apologise for any inconvenience and council continues to work with the contractor to endeavour to have the bridge open out of normal site working hours, subject to the particular state of the works at any given time.”