History was made this morning, as the long awaited bridge over the Blackwater was put in place at Dooneen. Yesterday placement of the span of the bridge (made up of three concrete sections, each 26m in length) met with a blip as strong winds prevented the 360 ton crane from placing the concrete slabs on the previously prepared abutments.
Below are a photos by Michelle of the bridge being put in place, and also a number of photos from around the site yesterday. She was one of a small crowd who had gathered to see this historic link put in place.
“History was made this morning at The Boeing, Dromsicane , Millstreet. With answered prayers for a calm morning and safety of all working on the site, the final link in the completion of the o sullivan bearra walk is taking place. The Bridge has being lowered into place. Wow! cant believe it. Well done to the John Buckley crew who are working so hard on the project” – Eileen
The bridge was made from concrete at the request of Cork County Council as part of the planning permission, to essentially ensure that there was no maintainance cost, as a metal bridge would incur substantial maintainance over time.
— Below are photos from yesterday (Monday 9th November 2015) —
Funding Announced For A New Walkway In Cork – Welcoming the announcement of €105,750 for a new pedestrian, cycling and wheelchair access bridge at Millstreet in Co. Cork, as part of the Beara Breifne walking route, Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, said the project will encourage more tourists to visit Cork in the coming months and years (ConstructionIreland.ie May 2015)
added 13th Nov: this very interesting historical comment appeared on the new bridge:
“Remembering my great great grandparents who both drowned crossing the Boeing in the mid 1800’s … May they Rest in Peace. Looking forward to seeing and crossing the new bridge” – by Mary D. O’Leary