Work to get underway on new bridge linking Kilkenny town to top tourist attraction
A bridge that will connect a county Kilkenny town to a major tourist attraction is one step closer to completion.
The construction contract for the Castlecomer footbridge has been signed and work is expected to get underway on the long-anticipated structure in the early summer.
It is expected work on the bridge will be completed in the Autumn. The bridge will be open for the public by November.
Kilkenny County Council, in conjunction with Kildare County Council, awarded the contract for construction of the bridge to Kenny Civils & Plant Ltd, based in Ballinasloe in county Galway.
The construction of the bridge is being funded through Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
The footbridge is a two-span steel structure that will cross the River Dinin beside the narrow, old stone arch bridge on the N78 main Castlecomer to Kilkenny road.
The bridge will improve pedestrian safety at this location while also providing a link between the Discovery Park and the centre of Castlecomer.
Cllr Michael McCarthy, Chairman of the Municipal District of Castlecomer, said: “The bridge is most welcome and will improve access and safety for the locals and visitors and provide a boost to the local economy.”