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Costs of county’s biggest projects are revealed

€316M FOR ENNISCORTHY BYPASS AND €215M FOR NEW ROSS BYPASS

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The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy bridge outside New Ross

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy bridge outside New Ross

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy bridge outside New Ross

The total estimated cost of some of the county's biggest projects have been officially revealed as Wexford County Council's '3 Year Capital Programme 2020-2022' was circulated to members at this month's meeting.

It's been revealed that the 28km bypass of Enniscorthy came in at €316 million, while the New Ross bypass, complete with the impressive Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, came in at €215m. The next phase of the road network, the Oylegate to Rosslare Harbour motorway will cost €350m, while €30m has been allocated to the new link road servicing Rosslare Europort.

Aside from roads, some of the larger projects included in the plan are Trinity Wharf, which will carry a cost of €28m, the Rosslare to Waterford Greenway at €21m, the upgrade of Enniscorthy town centre, which is at feasibility/concept stage and will cost €15m and the Templeshannon Regeneration Project which carries a projected cost of €6m.

The construction of breakwaters and beach nourishment in Courtown carries a price tag at €12m while the new Norman Experience at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre will cost €8.1m. The consolidation of the Gorey Market House is to cost €6m while the new Min Ryan Park in Wexford which opens next month carries a total cost of €4.6m. The final figure for the Crescent Quay public realm works was €2.6m and the improvements to Cornmarket cost €2.5m. Phase one of the Enniscorthy Technology Park cost €2.2m while phase two will cost €1m.

It's worth noting that not all of these projects are funded entirely through public funding and some are grant aided and will be in receipt of private investment.

Speaking briefly on the report at last week's meeting of Wexford County Council, Chief Executive Tom Enright said that it was an 'ambitious' plan and that while not all of the projects will be completed by the end of 2022, they were going to try and get as many over the line as possible.

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