No, it isn’t an attempt by Kilkenny County Council to drill for oil in the Nore in the hope of getting us out of the recession.
The four-pillar platform structure that has been put into the River Nore close to Greensbridge in Kilkenny city is in fact part of the engineering work to pave the way for the new Central Access Scheme bridge.
It’s part of the site investigation work that is being carried out at the same time that archaeological works are under way, said John Mulholland, director of services with the County Council.
The works have been continuing since July, and in this case the council is examining the type of “substrata” that is present. It is surveying the depth to rock, the presence of boulders and the types of silts in the river bank, which will determine the design of the abutments of the bridge, according to Mr Mulholland.
“All of that has to be got prior to going to tender,” he noted.