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Friday, 17th May 2024

Obelisk Bridge to reopen to all traffic on Monday

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Having been closed for the last nine months to facilitate major rehabilitation works, the Obelisk Bridge in Drogheda will reopen to all traffic on Monday 20th May 2024 at 2.30pm. 

Built in 1869, the Obelisk Bridge is a significant historical structure which was in need of significant refurbishment to prolong the design life and ensure the serviceability of the structure as part of the local road’s infrastructure within County Louth / Meath. 

Extensive works have been undertaken on the bridge including: 

  • Replacement of existing Reinforced Concrete deck slab
  • Installation of waterproofing system to Reinforced Concrete deck
  • Grit blasting and installation of a protective paint system for all elements
  • Strengthening/replacement of elements with significant cross-section loss
  • Installation of a large number of lattice connection repairs with reinforced plates
  • Installation of a number of replacement crossbeams
  • Replacement of rivet missing connections
  • Repointing of abutment pillars and re-installation of copping slabs
  • Reconstruction of approach and departure walls to the south the bridge
  • Installation of new road surface course and lining on both sides of the structure
  • Installation of vehicle restraint systems on northern approach to bridge

The public are advised that the five tonne weight limit still applies to this bridge. 

David Jones, Director of Services, Louth County Council said: “We are delighted to confirm that works on the Obelisk Bridge have been completed on schedule, and the bridge will reopen to all traffic on Monday 20th May.” 

Louth County Council would like to express sincere thanks to the Contractor, Jons Civil Engineering Ltd and the Consultants, O’Connor, Sutton - Cronin for their utmost professionalism in achieving completion of this project to a very high standard, on budget and within a very restrictive timeline. 

Louth County Council would also like to thank the general public for their patience and understanding while the works were being carried out.


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