First half of Tullow footbridge to be installed in coming days subject to weather conditions

This will be followed within two weeks by the eastern footbridge on the Credit Union side

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Cllr Will Paton

The first half of the Tullow footbridge is expected to be installed next week subject to weather conditions. 

Carlow County Council have already been asked to suspend commercial rates collection over the Tullow footbridge "disaster zone".

The construction of the pedestrian bridge was to be finished the third week of April, but now the contractor is looking for road closures into June and the works are having a huge impact on businesses in the area. 

Cllr Will Paton has now received an update from the Bridge Manager of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

It is proposed to install the western footbridge (on the Museum side) during the week commencing Monday, May 20 subject to favourable weather conditions.

This will be followed "hopefully within two weeks" by the eastern footbridge (on the Credit Union side).

The Bridge Manager said: "The footbridges are being fabricated and assembled in Limerick and will be delivered to site in two sections which will be dropped into position on consecutive nights.

"Road closures of Thomas Traynor Road and Abbey Street will be in place for the installation of the footbridges. The streets will not be closed simultaneously, one street will be open at all times.

"Following the installation of the footbridges, it is expected that the contract should be completed within a further three weeks."