Corrosion concerns have resulted in the closure of Ballina’s iconic €1.43m Salmon Weir pedestrian bridge over the River Moy.
The development, which was designed to resemble a a fishing rod, overlooks the world renowned Ridge Pool salmon angling spot and connects the town centre to Ardnaree via Barrett St and Ridge Pool Road.
Officially opened in 2009, it has been the subject of considerable controversy over the years relating initially to its location, its function and its cost and latterly to what the structure should be called.
At a Mayo Co Council Ballina Municipal District meeting this morning, Wednesday, September 16, Cllr Seamus Weir highlighted the closure of the bridge and queried what the issue was.
Mr Declan Turnbull, manager of the Ballina Municipal District, said that work is ongoing at present by consultants that the local authority brought in to address a number of matters including corrosion.
He subsequently told the Western People that recent routine maintenance works on the structure revealed that some of the bolts underneath the bridge are more corroded than would be expected.
Work is ongoing at present to ascertain why this has happened to to recommend suitable treatment.
Mr Turnbull stressed that while the corrosion has not compromised the safety of the bridge the council was advised to close the structure to the public last month as an extra precaution until the issue is resolved by the sourcing and fitting of suitable replacement bolts.
He said that while the investigations have taken longer than expected he hopes the work can be undertaken soon.
It is not yet known how much the repair works will cost but the council is committed to finding the budget to cover the cost, he concluded.