Waterford City and County Council is delighted to announce that work is commencing on the South Plaza enabling works contract, the first phase for the construction of the New Sustainable Transport Bridge that will link Meagher’s Quays on the South Quays to the North Quays Strategic Development Zone.
The new Sustainable Transport Bridge and associated South Plaza will also link with the existing Waterford Greenway via the new Bilberry extension and new Southeast Greenway from Waterford to New Ross both of which are currently under construction. The Waterford City Marina will also be accessible from the South Plaza. The National Transport Authority, through their Active Travel Investments Grant is funding the new Sustainable Transport Bridge, South Plaza and the Bilberry Greenway extension.
The South Plaza will extend east and west of the Clock Tower with public realm enhancement and a focal point for local and visiting pedestrians and cyclists. The plaza will be landscaped with street furniture, incorporating seating, trees, planters, lighting, grassed and paved areas and bicycle facilities.
This enabling works contract will comprise diversion of existing services and investigative works in advance of the main construction contract. Suir Plant Ltd has been appointed as contractor while Roughan O’Donovan Consulting Engineer is the lead consultant in charge of the works. Other North Quays project elements are also progressing well, at the end of May a separate enabling works contract for rock stabilisation to the north of Plunket Station is also due to commence.