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Minister Welcomes Re-opening of Refurbished Haulbowline Island Bridge

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney T.D, today officially re-opened the newly remediated Haulbowline Island Bridges at Cork Harbour.  The bridges have undergone extensive repairs and upgrades as part of the early preparatory phase of the Haulbowline Island Remediation Project. The project is set to transform the former Ispat/Irish Steel (east tip & factory sites) into a major public amenity area and, when fully completed, will also provide a potential future development location for the Irish Naval Service, which has its base on the Island.

Reopening of the bridges, which represents the sole land based infrastructural access point to the island, will enable the core remediation of the ‘east tip’ and former ‘factory site’ on the island to proceed later this year, and was identified by Cork County Council as a vital first step in the remediation project, providing safe and efficient access for the considerable traffic expected on the bridges during the remediation phase. 

The Minister said ‘I am delighted to officially reopen the bridges here at Haulbowline today, the completion of this significant piece of infrastructural work, apart from being a major engineering achievement in its own right, paves the way for the long awaited core remediation work to proceed. Once completed this project will usher in  an entirely new phase of this Island’s long and distinguished history and represents tangible evidence of the Government’s commitment to Cork Harbour and to the wider marine sector’.

Speaking at today’s event, Minister Coveney paid tribute to Cork County Council, to the consultants (RPS Consulting Engineers) and contractors (LM Keating Ltd) for carrying out the work within a relatively tight timeframe and within budget. The upgrade was financed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, following  Government Decisions taken in 2011-12 to fund the remediation project utilising a whole of Island approach. 

The Minister also paid tribute to the Naval Service for facilitating the refurbishment and for ensuring that the day to day work of the service was not impacted on throughout the busy construction phase. 

Reopening of the bridge(s) will be followed by commencement of the core remediation works later this year. Full details of the planned work is available at www.corkcoco.ie

Note for Editors:

Reconstruction of the Haulbowline Island Bridges has been undertaken as part of the Haulbowline Island Remediation Project, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and operated by Cork County Council as the Department’s agents in the project. The contract for the bridge remediation project, valued at €1.85m, was awarded to L&M Keating Ltd, following a competitive tendering process, and signed on 12/05/14.

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Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Published: 1st May 2015