DEERING Welcomes proposal to construct dedicated pedestrian footpath/boardwalk next to Tullow Bridge

29th June, 2016

Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Pat Deering has welcomed the proposal from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Carlow County Council to construct a dedicated pedestrian footway/boardwalk adjacent to the existing Tullow Bridge in Tullow.

Speaking today Deputy Deering stated:

“The existing bridge, which was built circa 1855, is a four span masonry arch carrying the N81 over the River Slaney. Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic safety is compromised with HGV movements from the R418 northbound onto the N81 where the HGV traffic is forced to travel on the opposing lane in addition to mounting the footpath in order to complete the turning movement. With this in mind it is considered that the existing pedestrian footways are inadequate and new footways on both sides of the structure are required”.

Deering added “The proposed footway/boardwalk structure need to be of high architectural merit and should complement the existing masonry arch structure. It is important that the new footbridge be sympathetic to the local surroundings”.

In conclusion Deputy Deering said “the scheme is primarily a footbridge design scheme linking the footpaths along the N81, there will be a requirement to redesign the junction of the N81 and R418 such that turning movements can be significantly improved for HGV vehicles turning northbound and improve the safety of pedestrians and other road users on the bridge.