City access bridge now to cost €10.7m

KILKENNY City’s new Central Access Scheme is now expected to cost the taxpayer €2.2 million more than previously estimated, it has been revealed.

KILKENNY City’s new Central Access Scheme is now expected to cost the taxpayer €2.2 million more than previously estimated, it has been revealed.

A new figure of €10.7 million came to light at Monday night’s meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council, when members considered the Draft Capital Budget 2013-2015. In February of this year, members were updated on the progress of capital projects, and the figure attributed to the scheme was €8.5 million.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Green) queried the new figure, noting that the 25% jump was quite substantial. .

Director of Services John Mulholland said that the original figure had been an estimate, and it had risen as new information had since come to light with the completion of further site investigation work.

The reasons for the increase include a greater depth to the bearing strata in the rock, waste material dumped at the Cattle Mart site which will need removal, and a widening or dualling process that was not included in the original costings.

The demolition of the relevant properties on Vicar Street is expected to go ahead this summer, with the main contract for the scheme to go to tender over the winter, to begin the summer of 2014.