THE Limerick Leader can this week reveal the first concept designs for the new multi-million euro bridge across the Shannon.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced after last week’s budget that he had allocated €6m to Failte Ireland for the development of a footbridge that will link the Shannon Rowing Club to Merchant’s Quay.
The bridge will follow the weir to the rear of the Hunt Museum and Sarsfield House, which is earmarked for demolition.
A spokesperson for City and County Council pointed out these images are only concept drawings created as part of a feasibility study “to ascertain the likelihood this project will happen”.
The public will be eventually invited to have their say on a series of concepts, they added, stressing the bridge’s location may change slightly from where these drawings show.
The funding will be drawn down in two batches, €3m in 2015 and €3m in 2016, Mr Noonan said.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Michael Sheahan, said: “They are very exciting designs.
“It is in keeping with our new approach to Limerick. What this bridge does is marry the old with the new. It connects the castle, the courthouse, the Curragower, and all of old Limerick with new Limerick. We are looking forward to the future in a most positive way, and I think the bridge will respect all of that,” he said.
He said he hopes the bridge could also be used by cyclists.