THE long awaited €5m upgrade of Howley’s Quay, with a boardwalk at its heart, opened to the public this week.
After a construction period which lasted for more than one year, the new boardwalk - which covers Howley’s Quay to Sarsfield Bridge - is ready for use.
It will enjoy an official opening by Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin in the coming weeks.
Limerick City and County Council in collaboration with Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Transport, remodelled the Howley’s Quay area between Sarsfield Bridge and the Shannon Bridge with a boardwalk extending out by some four metres over the River Shannon.
Other developments include a distinctive performance structure, street furniture, resurfaced and widened footpaths, improved street lighting and landscaping.
The project has been designed by Nicholas de Jong architects, and City Council says it anticipates any outstanding minor works to be completed within a few weeks.
Paul Crowe, director of services of travel and transportation said the development forms part of the Limerick Riverside Improvement Strategy.
“Coupled with the redevelopment of King John’s Castle and the completion of similar projects across the River Shannon at O’Callaghan and Clancy Strands, we believe this €4.8m redevelopment project will help to promote the local tourism sector and provide a high quality waterside environment for public use, as well as a unique setting for the on-going revitalisation of the city centre.
Mr Crowe thanked the public and particularly the business community for their patience during the construction period.
“We are confident that the benefits that will be accrued by those who live in and visit Limerick in the years to come any will far outweigh the inconvenience experienced over the past year,” he added.
The project has been funded by Limerick City & County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Transport.
Local restauranteur Keith Hennessy says the opening has been worth the wait.
Keith, who runs the Brimstone Steakhouse in the Riverpoint complex at Bishop’s Quay, said: “When you come from Shannon, it opens up the city. It has improved the city centre. It is the first point of contact, and it looks fantastic. Our business has already doubled as a result from people walking up and down in the area.”