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Castlecomer Footbridge

Bridges & Roads

Client: Kildare County Council

Location: Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny

Date: July 2021- March 2022

Role: Main Contractor & PSCS


The scheme involved the construction of a new footbridge with clear span of 44m adjacent to the existing N78 National Road Bridge in Castlecomer, County Kilkenny.

The scope of the works included:

  • Works in a sensitive site - Works carried out in an SAC and site clearance required removal and disposal of Japanese Knotweed; Also works required to the existing bridge which was a protected structure.
  • Ancillary works associated with road and bridge works schemes including liaison with landowners affected by the works at the structure
  • Traffic management on a National Road in an urban area including night time road closure to facilitate bridge lift
  • Water management and work in environmentally sensitive areas; Extensive instream works required to construct a pillar in the river. Also significant temporary works required over the river.
  • Public realm works including installation of paths, pavings bollards, information signs etc
  • Earthworks/excavations adjacent to a watercourse;
  • Construction of in-situ reinforced concrete elements;
  • Construction of steel bridge structures;
  • Installation of bored piles to carry the bridge abutments. CFA piles were used for this project.
  • Masonry construction; - The Masonry works were extremely sensitive as there were works to the existing bridge which is a protected structure. Continuous liaising with the TII heritage officer and Kilkenny County Council Heritage officer.
  • Installation of footbridge

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