Council aims to have construction completed in eighteen months
By Katie Barr
WORK on the long-awaited Cockhill Bridge has finally begun, some 13 months after three million euro funding was announced.
Donegal County Council has confirmed that, following a successful land acquisition process, preparatory work on the new multi-million euro structure is now underway.
A spokesperson for the Council told the ‘Inishowen Independent’ that ‘preparation works are currently underway’ for the construction of the new bridge, a mile from Buncrana.
It is understood that the preparatory works include the removal of trees and further site investigations.
While the project was previously described as being ‘shovel-ready’ when the funding was announced in June of last year, the council was deep in land negotiations for a number of months, before being forced into issuing a compulsory purchase order for ground at Cockhill earlier this year.
Following the land acquisition, officials and politicians took part in a formal ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony in Cockhill last month.
The spokesperson says the council hopes that ‘proper construction work’ can start shortly.
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