SOME rural dwellers in the Beragh area could be in for lengthy road diversions after the collapse of a bridge.
Last week, the Bracky Bridge which is on the Dreenan Road gave way, with a large gaping hole opening up on the surface of the road.
Work is now underway to design a replacement bridge.
In a statement, the Department for Infrastructure revealed that “scouring to one of the bridge abutments resulted in movement of the abutment and partial collapse of the bridge deck and adjacent road surface”.
A department spokeperson added, “Due to the extent of the damage it has been necessary to close Dreenan Road to through traffic. A traffic diversion will operate via B158 Donaghanie Road and B4 Drumnakilly Road.
“Dreenan Road will remain closed while the necessary bridge design, procurement and construction stages can be completed. The Department apologises for any inconvenience caused and asks motorists to abide by the closure and follow the diversion routes.”
The demise of Bracky Bridge comes just weeks after repairs were completed to a bridge on the Camlough Road, near Carrickmore which was extensively damaged in the severe flooding in August last year, leading to lengthy diversions for local residents.