East Border Region Secures Commitment on Re-alignment of Treacherous Ballinacarry Bridge

11 January 2007

The East Border Region Committee has successfully secured a commitment from the National Roads Authority and the Department of Regional Development to seek funds to re-align the hazardous Ballinacarry Bridge which straddles the Armagh/Monaghan Border after many long years of persistent lobbying.

The East Border Region Committee which is a Local Authority led organisation comprising ten Local Authorities namely; Newry and Mourne, Down and Banbridge District Councils, Armagh City and District Council, Craigavon and Ards Borough Councils in Northern Ireland and Louth and Monaghan County Councils in the Republic of Ireland, along with the newly appointed North Down Borough Council and Meath County Council have been highlighting this highly dangerous stretch of road for some time.

Chairperson of East Border Region Alderman Margaret Craig stated “Ballinacarry Bridge has claimed the lives of many people and poses a serious safety threat to anyone who travels over it. It is a very important North/South link road and has become increasingly so due to increased usage created as a result of the Dundalk Motorway.

I therefore welcome the assurance given by the two National Roads Bodies to put forward the Ballinacarry Bridge Scheme for consideration for co-financing in the new round of EU Structural Funds 2007-2013”.

The East Border Region Committee through the Interreg IIIA Programme have recently completed a feasibility study on the Bridge which highlighted projected traffic flow on this stretch of road over the next 20 years and outlined a number of recommendations including the type of bridge structure that should be put in place.

The estimated cost of the re-structuring is in the region of €3.7million.

The East Border Region Committee will endeavour to continue to monitor progress on the proposed restructuring to ensure that Ballinacarry Bridge remains a key priority.

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council