The official opening of Grange Bridge was presided over by Kilkenny County Council leas cathaoirleach recently.
“I am delighted to be here in Grange this afternoon to preside at the formal opening of the new replacement bridge,” he said on the occasion.
“The new bridge and road alignment will contribute positively to road safety and environmental improvements in the area. I have no doubt that the removal of the bad bend and the old narrow bridge means a great deal to the local community and motorists who use the Ballyragget to Freshford road on a regular basis.”
He said there would also be an added benefit to local residents through the improved flood defences that have been incorporated into the scheme.
Cllr Shortall acknowledge the support of the Department of Transport in providing the funding to enable the construction of the bridge, and he said: “I also wish to record my thanks to the Inland Fisheries, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Office of Public Works and most of all the local landowners whose co-operation is very much appreciated.”
“I also want to pay tribute to John Craddock Ltd, Civil Engineering Contractor, Malachy Walsh and Partners, Consulting Engineers and the staff of Kilkenny County Council, all of whom have made a huge contribution over the past couple of years in seeing the project through to completion,” Cllr Shortall said.
He urged all motorists to take care on the roads and to drive safely over the coming months.