The new bridge over the Nore.
The new Central Access Scheme bridge in Kilkenny City is expected to open to traffic next week, with an official ‘ribbon cutting’ date to follow about a week after.
It’s understood the council is hoping the bridge will be open to general traffic on Wednesday, May 17. An official opening ceremony for the scheme is expected the following week.
The name of the bridge will also be decided and announced at Monday’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council. Eight names have been shortlisted for the new structure. They are:
Berkeley Bridge; Cathedral Bridge; Chancellors Bridge; Edmond Smithwick Bridge; Edmund Rice Bridge; William Marshall Bridge; St Francis Bridge; and Strongbow’s Bridge.
Kilkenny County Council will select the ‘most appropriate’ name using the criteria in its naming and commemorative memorial policy.