The pedestrian bridge over the river Moy in Ballina will not re-open to the public until May, and the cost of repairing the relatively new structure could be well in excess of 100,000 euro. That was confirmed today by the Manager of the Ballina Municipal District, Declan Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull was responding to questions from the Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District Seamus Weir, at today’s monthly meeting of the authority.

Cathaoirleach Weir asked why is it taking so long and who will foot the bill?

The bridge is closed since July last, when corrosion at the base of the structure were first identified,

The Manager explained that while the work required to restore the structure has been agreed, some of the material required to repair it must be imported from the UK, as specialised materials. The actual time the work will take is dependent on Covid restrictions and water levels in the river at the time.

He said that his best estimate is that the footbridge will be re-opened to the public sometime in the month of May and the estimated cost of the works is 100,000 euro at least.

That money will initially be paid by Mayo County Council in an effort to get the structure re-opened, but the council is looking at the guarantee that was put in place and the insurance that was secured when the bridge was installed initially, in 2009, and he concluded that this is a “technical legal issue”.

The Salmon Weir Bridge over the River Moy was opened to the public in 2009 and was built at a cost of 1.4 million euro.