With already two new bridges to be built in the city in the coming months, it was revealed last week that a third may now be added to construction plans.
A new pedestrian bridge connecting Bateman Quay and John’s Quay has already got the go-ahead and will start in the coming weeks, as has the large ‘central access’ bridge – but now yet another pedestrian bridge is potentially on the cards. The ‘Ossory pedestrian bridge’ was included on a list of projects in the draft capital budget brought before Kilkenny Borough Council last month.
Nothing has been finalised yet, but the council is expecting to allocate a provisional €275,000 for the project for 2014. The new bridge would connect the riverbank walks at the existing Ossory Bridge (pictured above).
Director of services John Mulholland said that the bridge, if it came to be, would be the final part of the riverside loop.
Meanwhile, the closing date for receipt of tenders for the Bateman Quay bridge passed in May. The contractor will be on-site in July, with the bridge to be completed in a 16-week period. In addition, the design, specifications and technical drawings for the Central Access Scheme are now complete. The houses on Vicar Street will be demolished in the next few weeks, with the main contract for the project to go to tender over the winter.