Monday 11 December 2017

New footbridge hoisted along the Slaney banks

A HUGE CRANE was in action in Enniscorthy on Monday night to lift the pre-fabricated metalwork for a new footbridge along the banks of the River Slaney into place.

The structure was being installed where the Slaney meets its tributary the River Urrin. It will allow walkers continue along the riverbank for a couple of miles south of the town.

It too big to move along the Promenade, so the crane, carried by two lorries, was required to gain access via the Mill Field, to lift the new bridge over the railway line.

A special licence was issued for the carrying out the work so close to the line, and work could not commence until the last of the day's trains had passed.

It was originally hoped to stage the official launch of the 'Country Walk', complete with bridge, on the same day as the re-opening of Rafter Street after its recent refurbishment on June 3.

Now the ceremony at the river has been re-scheduled for Friday, June 17, when Town Council Chairman Paddy Kavanagh will be in charge at midday.

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