Five bridges are to be constructed crossing over the River Shannon replacing the present temporary structures.

While still in the planning stages, it is estimated that the five bridges will cost in the region of £200,000. All five bridges are due to be completed by 1970 at the latest.

At present, there are restrictions on the size and tonnage of vehicles that can cross existing bridges. The new bridges will cater for two way traffic. Two of the bridges will have hydraulic lifts to raise them allowing craft using the River Shannon to pass underneath. The other three bridges will be fixed but with room beneath for the boats to pass through.

Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon and Offaly County Councils will be responsible for the construction of the bridges.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 February 1966. The reporter is Mike Burns.