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Public to help name bridge?

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 5:12pm

Members of the public could be given the chance to name Cork’s newest bridge.

Construction of Cork’s new €5 million Harley Street bridge is to begin later this month, and members of the public could have a say on the name.

Although a final process has not been confirmed, it is believed the public could potentially submit suggestions for the name via a public notice issued by Cork City Council. It is understood submissions may be shortlisted by a team made up of executive members and councillors and sent out for another public vote. A final decision on the name will be made by the council.

The pedestrian and cycle bridge is aiming to increase footfall to the Victorian Quarter, which includes MacCurtain Street and its surrounding areas, and is expected to see up to 11,000 people travelling across daily.

Cork City Council has awarded the contract for the construction of the bridge to L&M Keating Contractors, whose recent local projects include the re-development of St Angela’s College on St Patrick’s Hill and Perrott's Inch Pedestrian Bridge at UCC.

Speaking about the new bridge, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn said: “Thanks to the work of the bridge designers ARUP & Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the bridge will fit sympathetically with the surrounding quays, buildings and city centre environment while maintaining the views along the river, Shandon and the northern suburbs. It will give the river the elegant crossing that it deserves.”

Construction on the bridge will commence in mid to late July with the initial phase of work consisting of site set up and diversion of underground utilities.

The bridge itself will be fabricated off-site by Thompsons of Carlow between July this year and February 2019.

Minor traffic lane alterations will be required in the area where the bridge supports are being put in place. These lane alternations will be in place until October and consist of the following:

- Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on St Patrick’s Quay, with minor restrictions for bus and private parking to facilitate traffic flow around the bridge site.

- Three traffic lanes will be maintained in the vicinity of the bridge supports on Merchant’s Quay. Two westbound lanes (one bus lane and one general traffic lane) plus one eastbound lane will be in operation for the early stages of construction with the remaining traffic restrictions lifted as soon as possible.

A process for selecting a formal name for the bridge will be advised later this year.

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