Launching the Streets of Kilkenny 5k. Photo: Pat Moore.
Locals will have a chance to walk out along the new bridge in Kilkenny City and see it for themselves next Thursday evening, April 13, when the Streets of Kilkenny 5k takes place.
The route of the race crosses the river on the bridge, which is to be temporarily opened to runners and spectators for the occasion. The event is being organised by Kilkenny City Harriers.
The meeting point for the walk is Canal Square at 5.45pm, KRSP Development Officer Caitriona Corr explains.
“From there, this scenic route will follow the Castle Walls by the Canal Walk, cross over Ossory Pedestrian Bridge and turn back towards the city along the leafy Board Walk on the banks of the Nore," says Ms Corr.
“This walk comes out onto John Street at County Hall. Walkers will continue along Johns Quay, cross over the Lady Dysart Bridge and follow the footpath by the Court House towards Parliament Street and onwards to the new bridge. Walkers will be back in time to line the viewing gallery and watch the exciting Streets of Kilkenny unfold along the river bank. People can take their time, do the walk at their own pace. It’s not a race or a sprint to the line.
There is no exact date yet confirmed for the official opening of the Central Access Scheme, although the council says it is likely to be early May.
The name of the new bridge has yet to be decided, but council’s naming and memorial committee is due to meet in the coming days. The issue is likely to be on the agenda at the next monthly meeting of Kilkenny County Council.
Meanwhile, a number of local roads around the Central Access Scheme will be temporarily closed in the coming days, for final works as the project nears completion.
Residents and and those who work in the locality have repeatedly expressed frustration with the ongoing works, traffic problems, and the level of communication with them.
To enter the Streets of Kilkenny 5K go to popupraces.ie.