Continued restrictions around work on new Shannon Bridge in Athlone as first section to be floated into place

Waterways Ireland is advising all ship captains and waterway users on Shannon Navigation that restrictions on the construction of the new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Athlone will continue until the end of next month.

Additionally, the first section of the bridge will float downstream from Wansboro Field on a large pontoon from Tuesday August 30th through Wednesday August 31st.

Two tugs will maneuver the 18 m² pontoon, and two safety boats will be on the river during the bridge moving operation.

In preparation for the bridge relocation operation, the three upstream sections of Waterways Ireland’s new jetty at the railway bridge will be dismantled from Thursday 25 August.

All electricity and water supplies to the remaining sections of the jetty will be cut for safety reasons from this date, and the red navigation beacons at the railway bridge will also be removed.

No vessels will be permitted to moor at this jetty from 8 p.m. on Monday August 29 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday August 31.

Ship masters are urged to exercise extra caution near the works and to follow the instructions of safety craft and personnel in the area, the Irish Waterways Cross-Border Body said.

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