Calls for footbridge at Oughterard for pedestrian safety

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Galway Daily new Oughterard bridge called unsafe for pedestrians

Serious concerns have been raised about pedestrian safety at the bridge crossing the Owenriff river in Oughterard.

At discussions with the county council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cúiv raised concerns about the amount of pedestrian traffic on the narrow bridge, which he says is not fit for purpose.

“The bridge over the Owenriff river in Oughterard is extremely narrow and just about fits two cars at a time,” said Deputy Ó Cúiv.

“However, every day hundreds of children have to use the bridge to get to school and to the local soccer and rugby clubs.  This is a serious safety hazard and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

The Fianna Fáil TD says that Oughterard needs a footbridge crossing the Owenriff to keep pedestrians safe.

More than that, at some point a new bridge altogether will be needed to accommodate the traffic crossing it, “The current bridge is extremely dangerous and alternatives must be found.” Deputy Ó Cúiv insists.

Deputy Ó Cúiv says he will continue to consult with the county council and TII until a solution to the traffic issue at Oughterard can be agreed on.