Celbridge design bridge costs and specifications questions

Liffey Bridge at Celbridge.

Liffey Bridge at Celbridge.

Questions have been raised about a grant to design possible changes to the bridge over the Liffey in Celbridge town.

Last week, Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly announced grants of €2.4m for on a variety of footpath, cycle path and public transport projects in Co. Kildare.

They include funding for work which started last year as well as new projects. In some cases, the grant is just for design.

One is €20,000 for a study of options for safety improvements on the Celbridge bridge.

But there was discontent and questions following the announcement.

Deputy Emmet Stagg said he has told the Minister €75,000 for this study and the that the Minister is now raising this issue with the National Transport Authority.

At the Council’s Celbridge area meeting on 16 January, officials said they were waiting for confirmation of funding to “complete a report into options for improving traffic management at the approaches to the bridge.” When he got that

Cllr. Kevin Byrne said he understood the report was on the structure of the bridge only.. “I don’t know what is happening here,” he said.

Area engineer, Jonathan Deane, said he understood the grant was for a number of issues, including traffic, pedestrian issues and the possible extension of the bridge.

Deputy Stagg said €30,000 has been allocated for the provision of a bus turning facility for the 66 Route on the Newtown Road, Maynooth, whilst the Council sought €110,000.

Cllr. Colm Purcell said that after meeting the Minister he understood the study was about widening or replacing the bridge and sought to see the application to the Department.




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