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Weight restriction on Stonepark Bridge in Meelick

18 January 2019

Stonepark Bridge, Meelick, carries a local road over the Stonepark River approximately 5 km northwest of Limerick City.

During an assessment of the two-span reinforced concrete slab structure, Clare County Council identified structural issues with the deck of the bridge. Environment and Engineering Consultants, acting on behalf of the Local Authority, were subsequently contracted to carry out a detailed assessment of the structure. Significant corrosion and concrete spalling was detected on the deck of the bridge, thus undermining the structural integrity of the bridge and increasing the risk of a bridge failure.

Consultants have recommended that a temporary weight restriction of 7.5 tonne be placed on the bridge until the necessary repairs are carried out. The majority of road users (cars, jeeps, pickups) will be unaffected by the restriction. Clare County Council erected signage on the bridge this week notifying road users of the weight restriction.  Clare County Council is expediting a plan of works to repair the bridge. These works include design, tendering a contract and the commencement of repair work. It is anticipated that the remediation work will be completed by late March.

Clare County Council has discussed the proposed works and reasons for same with local Elected Members, Meelick N.S. and will also be arranging to discuss the bridge weight restriction with farming sector representatives.

Page last updated: 18/01/19

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