Everything you need to know about the New Ross Bypass Bridge
The New Ross bridge over the River Barrow will connect Pink Point in County Kilkenny and Stokestown in County Wexford. This Extrados type bridge, at 900 meters, will be the longest bridge in Ireland and the longest bridge of this type in the world. (nearly twice the size of “Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge” River Suir in Waterford.) It is part of The N25 New Ross Bypass PPP Project which will comprise of a 14km dual carriageway road including new sections of both the N25 and N30 National Primary Routes and is being carried out by a joint venture of two market leading construction services organisations, The Royal BAM Group and ACS Group, both of whom have a long history and tradition in Ireland.
- The project dates back to the Wexford county council development plan in 1993
- Construction began in 2016
- With a budget of €250m
- 30,000 cubic meters of concrete the equivalent of 4,000 lorry loads of concrete
- 7,000 tons of reinforced steel
- Over 2 million working man hours have gone into the bridge
- Named “The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy ” Bridge
- Due to opened in the final quarter of this year
*The cables in the bridge are made up of individual strands of wire, if placed together they would measure up to 500km in length, to put that into context, its nearly the length of Ireland!
Named the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in October 2018 with a vote of 8 to 6 at a meeting of the New Ross and Piltown municipal district.
“It is a spectacular view, there’s no doubt about it especially coming down the Pink Rock Road, the bridge just reveals itself in front of you and you get an incredible panoramic view of the bridge. This is a landmark piece of global proportions.” – Project liaison officer Sean Dobbs
The bridge is set to meet in the middle in July and open officially for road users later this year so we suggest you sit back, enjoy the finale and watch all the visitors this iconic bridge is set to attract to our town.
*The New Ross bypass bridge will be twice as long as the Empire State building in New York City is tall.
(Some of the accolades to date)
- Best Road Project – Silver Award Winner – N25 New Ross By-Pass, Ireland
- Winner of the European Project Bond Award