Month long closure of city centre street

Galway Daily news Athenry road closure

A street in Galway City Centre will be closing for a month while the new pedestrian bridge is being built.

The City Council has made an order for the closure of Newtownsmith from its junction with the R863 to the entrance to the Mercy Convent carpark.

The road will be closed from 6pm on Friday, September 23 until 12am on Friday, October 28.

This is to allow construction work to take place on the new Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycling bridge.

Upgrade works will also be carried out on the Newtownsmith carriageway during this time.

Temporary diversion routes will be in place via Mary Street (L-5096) and St. Francis Street (R866)

Enabling works by the river bank have already been carried out in recent months ahead of the main build.

Plans for the new pedestrian bridge were approved by An Bord Pleanála last year, and the first sod was turned back in April.

The bridge, which comes in three spans, will cross three waterways: Persse’s Distillery River (formally called Mill Race), the Lower River Corrib and Friar’s River (formerly called Waterside canal).

The three spans will be roughly 10m, 55m and 15m in length respectively.

The City Council secured €3.5 million funding for the project from the European Regional Development Fund back in 2019, with matched funding from the National Transport Authority.