News that the Narrow Water Bridge tender process has begun is a huge step forward in its delivery, Cllr Michael Savage has said.
Councillor Savage praised Taoiseach Micheál Martin and his SDLP colleagues former Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon, former South Down MLA Sinead Bradley and her late father PJ as well as his party colleagues on Council for their tireless commitment to the bridge.
He said: “The Taoiseach has a deep commitment to this project through the Shared Island Unit and has followed through on his promise for work to progress on it in 2023. With the tender process now taking its first steps this timeline is now deliverable and this is fantastic news for this area.
“Former Minister Nichola Mallon has left an indelible mark on this project and also moved it forward at every stage, with her counterpart Minister Darragh O’Brien, echoing the SDLP’s continued and deep unwavering support for this scheme.
“This project is the brainchild of the late PJ Bradley and will always be viewed locally as his legacy, a legacy that has been nurtured by his daughter Sinead during her time in office and will continue to be nurtured by Councillors Declan McAteer and Karen McKevitt and the whole SDLP team on Council and in the Assembly.
“It is also the result of relentless lobbying from the local Narrow Water Bridge Community Network and this announcement is a victory for everyone involved in the campaign and I congratulate them on their unrelenting work to promote this project over many years.
“The bridge will be a lifting bridge and lays down a marker to the new Infrastructure Minister to ensure the new Southern Relief Road has a lifting bridge in order to protect the future navigation of the lough into the Albert Basin in Newry.
“The Narrow Water Bridge will not only connect North Louth to South Down it will also create greater connectivity from the Fathom and Flagstaff areas of Newry to Warrenpoint and South Down and bring both sides of the water in our district closer together.”
The Tender sets out that “Narrow Water Bridge is a asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with rolling bascule opening span. The south span is approximately 138.35m and the north span is approximately 56.8m giving a total length of approximately 195m.
“The structure is supported by asymmetric back-ward inclined towers, with the higher tower located on the southern side of the crossing and is located on the centre line of the bridge. The lower twin towers on the northern side form part of the rolling bascule opening span.
“Narrow Water Bridge project a proposed bridge link between the Cooley Peninsula area in County Louth and the Warrenpoint and Mourne area in County Down. It is a cable-stayed bridge with rolling bascule opening span that enables tall ships, leisure craft and other marine vessels access to the Victoria Lock and the Albert Basin in Newry, Co. Down.
“It also comprises associated roadworks, earthworks, drainage, mechanical and electrical works, retaining walls, buildings, a navigation beacon, access roads, services diversions, fendering and boundary treatment.”
The Tender also states: “A control building is proposed on the southern approach to the bridge to facilitate the opening of the bascule bridge. Signage, barriers and wig-wags will be provided in advance of the structure to inform road users of the bridge opening and to prevent road users from accessing the bridge during the bridge opening operation.”
Applicants need to register on the etenders government website at HTTP://WWW.ETENDERS.GOV.IE. Market Sounding / Industry Day is scheduled for Friday 24th June 2022 at Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Co Down from 10am – 12 Noon GMT comprising of a presentation and Q&A. Interested parties will be required to submit an expression of interest in advance of the Industry Day to EUGENE.MCMANUS@LOUTHCOCO.IE
Check out the full tender information at IRL.EU-SUPPLY.COM