Not a bridge too far: Work starts in County Limerick town on €247k pedestrian link

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Deputy Niall Collins, Trevor McCarthy, Kilmallock Medieval Tours, and Cllr Mike Donegan in front of the pedestrian bridge works

Deputy Niall Collins, Trevor McCarthy, Kilmallock Medieval Tours, and Cllr Mike Donegan in front of the pedestrian bridge works

THE NEW pedestrian bridge in Kilmallock is a key component of an ambitious council plan to provide a series of linked walks in and around the medieval town.

Work has started on the €250,000 project and it is expected to take eight weeks.  It is located downstream of the existing road bridge on the R512 Bruff road.

A council spokesperson said: “The bridge is 28 metres in length with a two metre wide hardwood timber deck. The bridge steelworks and decking is currently being fabricated off-site and is programmed to be lifted into position in late June.  The estimated cost of the project is €247,000 which has being financed on an equal basis by Hinterland funding and Limerick City and Council development funding.”  

They say it will provide a greatly improved link from the historic town of Kilmallock to the recently developed riverside walk.

Local councillor, Mike Donegan said he was  delighted that construction has started on the footbridge which will “provide a safe pathway for pedestrians”.

“Following a successful motion in 2013 to consider the provision of a footbridge, we identified a number of grants to fund the project. A high volume of traffic, including agriculture and heavy goods vehicles, use the bridge daily and the existing footpath is too narrow.   

“As the north side of the town has expanded over the last 20 years, more pedestrians, students and cyclists use the current footpath and I am delighted that they will have a much safer way to cross the bridge in the future. Also the footbridge will link the western and eastern elements of the town’s loop walk currently in progress,” said Cllr Donegan.

Deputy Niall Collins said it is a win for everybody – motorists and pedestrians. 

“When it is constructed the existing footpath on the bridge will be removed so it will widen the carriage way. The new bridge will greatly improve the safety environment for pedestrians and, in particular, children. The design will also greatly enhance the built environment of the area,” said Deputy Collins.