Sunday 25 August 2019

Hurling heroes TJ Reid and Lee Chin meet in the middle to mark completion of Ireland's longest bridge

Wexford and Kilkenny senior hurling captains Lee Chin (joint captain) and TJ Reid. Photo Mary Browne.
Wexford and Kilkenny senior hurling captains Lee Chin (joint captain) and TJ Reid. Photo Mary Browne.

Ralph Riegel

WEXFORD celebrated a double-boost with the completion of the final deck section of what will be Ireland's longest bridge.

The closing deck section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge on the N25 New Ross bypass has been completed - and hurling greats, Lee Chin from Wexford and Kilkenny's TJ Reid, posed for photographs at the scene to mark the occasion.

Both joked that they hoped the next Wexford-Kilkenny meeting would be in Croke Park for the All-Ireland final.

It marked a double-boost for Wexford with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar formally opening €400m worth of M11 motorway projects last week including the long-awaited Enniscorthy bypass.

The N25 New Ross bypass bridge - completed as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme - is expected to open to traffic next autumn.

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, when opened, will be the longest in Ireland at almost 900m.

Its two main central spans stand at 230m in height and rank as the longest post-tensioned concrete spans of their type anywhere in the world.

The bridge is set to become an iconic local landmark - and ease congestion around one of Ireland's worst remaining traffic bottlenecks.

Upon completion, the 15km long bypass scheme will improve safety and journey times for all road users, significantly ease traffic congestion in New Ross town and enhance the economic potential of the

New Ross area and the wider south-east region.

It is expected to massively boost trade across the south east and critically slash journey times between Waterford and Wexford.

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