Bypass bridge construction to be filmed, says area manager
The tender for the €217m New Ross Bypass is due to be signed in May.
New Ross District Director Eamonn Hore told the joint meeting of New Ross Municipal District, Piltown Municipal District and Kilkenny County Council, held at the Rhu Glenn Hotel, Slieverue on Tuesday, that work on the bypass will definitely begin this year.
'BAM Meridian are the preferred contractors and the tenders will be signed in May. Work will start in mid to late summer and the complete scheme should be finished in 2018 with traffic on it.'
Mr Hore said the bypass will feature the longest bridge in Ireland, measuring at almost 1 km in length.
'We have the third largest bridge in the old railway bridge. The new bridge will be a fantastic engineering structure and we'll be doing a DVD of its construction given it's such a significant project it could end up a tourist attraction in itself.'
Cllr Fidelis Doherty expressed concern about the closure of the roundabout in Glenmore.
'Glenmore will be the final end section of it. The bypass will greatly alleviate the traffic situation in New Ross.' Cllr Doherty said cars, trucks and buses are exiting the N25 to use the rat run into New Ross from Raheen. The meeting heard that the New Ross area will have the country's two most spectacular bridges once the new bridge is completed in late 2017, early 2018.
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