City's newest bridge almost ready to be installed

City's newest bridge almost ready to be installed
EE 16/05/2019 NEWS - The Mary Elmes Bridge being guided along the quays by ribs prior to its final positioning over the weekend. Picture: Howard Crowdy

OPERATION transportation for Cork’s 31st bridge is almost at an end as it made its way up the River Lee to its new permanent home.

All 165-tonnes of the recently named Mary Elmes bridge have been travelling upstream to be lowered into position where the structure will connect Merchant’s Quay with Patrick’s Quay and provide a crossing point for 11,000 pedestrians and cyclists per day and approximately 3.9m people per year.

In February and March, the bridge was transported overnight in nine sections to Doyle’s Shipping Yard in Cobh for assembly after being fabricated by Thompsons of Carlow.

The structure began its journey to the city earlier this week and passed under Brian Boru bridge on Thursday and will be erected today. Full installation is expected by tomorrow.

Two cranes with the combined lifting power of 1250-tonnes were needed to lift the bridge into position onto a barge.

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