“it’s a lovely looking bridge..”

When it was last mentioned on Slugger it was partly due to the unseemingly ministerial struggle to claim the credit, but for the first public view of the proposed design of the Narrow Water bridge linking the Omeath to Newry Road in Co Louth with the A2 Newry to Warrenpoint road, Co Down, it was SDLP MLA PJ Bradley who got the invite to the Stormont Live studio. The unveiling of the design is part of the public consultation process by Louth County Council. [pdf file]

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  • dantheman

    It’ll be handy for Down matches, especially when Newry is crawling with Dubs!!

    Good use of the existing roundabout as well:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/155867353/bridge.pdf

  • joeCanuck

    Great looking design.
    I had my first opportunity to cross the new bridge over the Boyne a few weeks ago. It is awesome.

    Code word – great

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    That’s a very attactive bridge,…kinda similar to the style of renowned Spanish architect and bridge builder Santiago Calatrava.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Given the terrible events at Narrow Water, and the symbolic and literal inevitability of two sides being linked across a divide there, could this be described as a bridge over ‘Troubles’ waters?

    I’ll get my coat.

  • steve

    are hgv banned from it or limited?

  • cynic

    Great. It looks good. Good symbolism.

    But where’s the economic appraisal? What’s it actually for? What volume will it carry given that we are building a huge cross border motorway / dual carriageway a short distance away.

    Is the money best spent there or on bypassing a number of towns elesewhere (that might all be done more cheaply and cost effectively).

    We havent seen any of this yet and in this economic environment if our politicians dont ask this (and ask themselves this) then they are failing us.

  • Alan

    Can’t help but agree with Cynic. If you can avoid Newry on the way to Dublin this bridge seems to be of little value. If this is meant to save time for people traveling between Warrenpoint and Omeath, then how many people are we talking about serving and is the cost justifiable?

    Or is this rather beautifully designed bridge just a variation on the Foyle statue?

  • runciter

    Is the money best spent there or on bypassing a number of towns elesewhere

    Why would you care?

    If this is meant to save time for people traveling between Warrenpoint and Omeath, then how many people are we talking about serving and is the cost justifiable?

    The major benefit in linking the two sides of Carlingford lough will be to tourism.

    In any normal society, this bridge would have been built decades ago.

    It is amusing to see unionists getting upset about the Irish government investing in nationalist areas. Reminds us why these kinds of projects have been delayed for so long.

  • ciaran

    Tourism in omeath and carlingford is down this year, probably to do with the weather, not because there is no bridge.Can’t see this changing anything in that respect. And when you cross to warrenpoint and head up to newry you will reach the greenbank roundabout and get stuck in the usual tailback thats there.So a great looking bridge that will cut down the mileage(if not the time it takes) to do your lottery and get your diesel

  • A key point about this bridge is linking the whole of South Down to North Louth without having to go all the way up the canal and through the bottle neck of Newry. There is a big catchment area for this, just look at a map. It not just a tourist thing, although it certainly will help there too.

  • runciter

    Tourism in omeath and carlingford is down this year, probably to do with the weather, not because there is no bridge.

    That is an astonishing piece of logic “ciaran”.

    And when you cross to warrenpoint and head up to newry you will reach the greenbank roundabout and get stuck in the usual tailback thats there

    The bridge is designed to facilitate tourists from the south visting the northern side of the lough and the Mournes.

    It is not designed to solve Newry’s traffic problems. That is why the DRD are also looking at a southern relief road.

  • cynic

    “So a great looking bridge that will cut down the mileage(if not the time it takes) to do your lottery and get your diesel”

    So why should the rest of us subsidise a flow of revenue out of the state to buy cheaper diesel in the Republic? And their high sulphur petrol is worse for the environment than ours.

    So back again to the issue. What is this bridge for?

    ” to facilitate tourists from the south visting the northern side of the lough and the Mournes”?

    Somehow I doubt that there are are hoards in Omeath queuing up to do this and what will they save in terms of time? Twenty minutes?

    Again, it just doesnt seem to stack up but, to be fair, let’s see the full economic appraisal. It should be instructive. Perhpas our Ministers will then start to ask questions like what shoudl thsi money be spent on? A shiny new bridge? Better cancer care? More money for the elderly? Psychiatric services in NI? Job creation? Training?

  • ciaran

    runciter, I never said the bridge was to ease the traffic in newry, but people will try to use it as a shortcut accross narrow water and then will be caught in the snarl ups in newry.Also on the omeath side, the road is narrow and dangerous as it is without adding to the traffic. And there is no easy solution on the omeath road for widening it. If you are looking to increase tourism on either side it will take more than a bridge to do that.

    “Tourism in omeath and carlingford is down this year, probably to do with the weather, not because there is no bridge.

    That is an astonishing piece of logic “ciaran”.

    Actually that is what the business people in omeath are saying.

  • runciter

    Somehow I doubt that there are are hoards in Omeath queuing up to do this and what will they save in terms of time? Twenty minutes?

    I’m not sure why you would wish to advertise your ignorance on this matter.

    Again, it just doesnt seem to stack up but, to be fair, let’s see the full economic appraisal. It should be instructive. Perhpas our Ministers will then start to ask questions like what shoudl thsi money be spent on? A shiny new bridge? Better cancer care? More money for the elderly? Psychiatric services in NI? Job creation? Training?

    This is southern money, Cynic.

    Of course, I’m sure you have similar questions for all infrastructural projects, and not just those which are cross-border.