Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Three new bridges planned for Cork City

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Three new bridges planned for Cork City

It was announced recently that there are plans for three new bridges to cross the River Lee in Cork City. Once all shipping operations have been moved down to Ringaskiddy, the planned bridges will be part of the docklands development.

The Mill Street Bridge will allow better access from Centre Park Road to the railway station. Water Street Bridge will provide similar access but further downstream.

From a runners point of view, the one that will make the biggest difference is likely to be the Eastern Gateway Bridge near Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

This will connect the Centre Park Road to the area near the skew bridge on the Lower Road. As well as giving motorists and cyclists more options to cross the River Lee, it will also allow runners in Tivoli and Mayfield direct access to the Marina and the walkways in Mahon and Blackrock.

All of this needs to be finalised though and may well change. Considering the scope of the overall project, I suspect that the Eastern Gateway Bridge will be the priority.


Anonymous said...

The Eastetrn Gateway Bridge looks beautiful in the photo above

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember when this project was last proposed concern was raised by the rowing fraternity about the impact a bridge like this would have on their activities. Similarly an increase in traffic on the marina could impact those who use the area for running. Pretty but maybe a wolf in sheep's clothing?

John Desmond said...

I suspect that the two bridges closer to the city would be pretty similar to the other bridges locally and boats / rowers wouldn't fit under them at high tide. The one near Pairc Ui Chaoimh looks like it might be further above the water allowing for small craft to pass underneath.

I heard that the Marina might be pedestrianised but we'll have to wait and see if that comes to pass.