New footbridge swings into place, open by Christmas

Kilkenny City’s new pedestrian bridge was finally lifted into place across the River Nore early on Sunday morning, after months of planning.

Kilkenny City’s new pedestrian bridge was finally lifted into place across the River Nore early on Sunday morning, after months of planning.

The giant metal structure, which was largely constructed off-site, crosses the river from Bateman Quay to John’s Quay just north of the Carnegie library. It was hoisted in place by a large crane with a 140-tonne ballast.

The entire operation took little more than an hour.

However, it will be a number of weeks before the bridge opens to the public, as a certain amount of work has still to be done. The central timber walkway, wing spans, hand rails and the lighting have all yet to be added.

The €450,000 bridge is also to be painted ‘pencil grey’ in the coming weeks. So far, if social media is any barometer, public reaction to the bridge is decidedly mixed. Some citizens have welcomed it as ‘badly needed’ and ‘beneficial’, while others have called it ‘an eyesore’ and a waste of money.

The bridge is expected to be open for use by Christmas.

Members of the public still have an opportunity to submit suggestions for the naming of the bridge. Suggestions should be in before 5pm on November 29 by post or alternatively online at pedestrianbridge@kilkennycity.ie . The elected members of Kilkenny Borough Council will consider all suggestions and make a decision at the borough council meeting on December 9.