Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Eastern Gateway Bridge offers to open up new routes for runners in Cork

Monday, April 27, 2020

Eastern Gateway Bridge offers to open up new routes for runners in Cork

At present, the Port of Cork is being moved to Ringaskiddy and Marino Point leaving lareas of the city open for development.

A recent article in the Irish Examiner outlined how Cork City Council were putting out for a €5 million development of the Monahan Road and Centre Park Road area.

This new road improvement will feed into the new proposed Eastern Gate Bridge which will cross the River Lee by Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

While this new bridge is still some time off, it will open up new routes especially for those living in Mayfield, Tivoli and Glanmire.

The popular Mahon - Blackrock loop is shown in Blue below and is one of the most popular running routes in Cork.

Looking at the map above, I've included two examples.

Point A is by the church in Lower Mayfield. At present if someone was to run to the start of the Marina by going into the city then it's about 3.6 miles /5.8 kms. With the new bridge, that reduces to 1.4 miles / 2.3 kms.

Point B is out in Glanmire. If someone wanted to run on the flat and get to the start of the Marina, it would be 6.0 miles / 9.7 kms at present. With the new bridge, this would reduce to 3.5 miles / 5.6 kms.

There may well be some budgetary constraints in the near future as a result of the COVID-19 crisis but another bridge downstream over the River Lee would probably get priority considering the potential for grid lock when there is an accident at the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

As for a time line? 3 years? 5 years?

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