Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Damage to struts sees Omagh bridge job postponed

It was intended to link two areas of Omagh, but ultimately proved a bridge too far. Plans to erect the £200,000 walkway in the Tyrone town were postponed after it was damaged while being installed.

The 40-tonne steel structure warped and bent as it was being hauled into place by two cranes.

The foot-and-cycle bridge is part of a £900,000 scheme to create a new foot and cycle pathway.

Engineers had warned the operation to place the bridge was complex. Parts became noticeably warped as it was being lifted into position. Support struts became visibly bent and disjointed.

Omagh council said the operation was suspended due to “complications during installation”.

A statement added: “Council officials have received an initial briefing from the contractor for the section (McLaughlin & Harvey) and have requested a report by the end of the week identifying what happened and outlining the actions proposed to complete the installation of the bridge.”

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