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Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge

  • TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland)  
  • County Wexford 
  • Mott MacDonald 
  • Q4 2019 
  • Civil Engineering over €10m- ICE Awards 2022; Infrastructural category winner- Irish Concrete Society Awards 2021; Category Winner-Structural Awards 2021; Outstanding Structure Award- IABSE Awards 2021; Project of the year- ACEI Awards 2020 

The bridge is part of the N25 New Ross By-pass PPP Scheme, which links the N25 with the N30 New Ross to Enniscorthy route.

Procured as a public-private partnership (PPP), the N25 New Ross bypass provides a quality transport route improving regional, national and international connectivity on the N25 Cork to Rosslare Euroroute. It also links the N25 with the N30 New Ross to Enniscorthy route.

The landmark River Barrow Bridge also known as the Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Bridge is the longest of its kind in the world. This Extrados Bridge is 900 meters long, has 8 piers and 3 towers.

Bridge Statistics:

  • Nine spans of the following lengths: 36m, 45m, 95m, 230m, 230m, 95m, 70m, 50m and 36m.
  • Raised 36m above the river.
  • 230 m span between post-tensioned concrete decks of the bridge is longest of its type in the world
  • The pylon at the central river pier is 27m above deck level (60m above foundation level), with the adjacent pylons 16.2m above deck level.
  • 500 km of cabling wire on the bridge – similar to the length of the island of Ireland
  • Bridge built with 7,000 tonnes of reinforced steel – equivalent to the Eiffel Tower;
  • Abutment 1 is on the western or Kilkenny side of the river, and the piers are numbered Pier 1 to Pier 8 from west to east, with Abutment 2 on the eastern or Wexford side of the river. The only pier within the River Barrow is Pier 4.
  • 70,000 tonnes of concrete went into the bridge
  •  Approximately 2.5 million hours worked on site to deliver project by over 1,000 people

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge has received numerous awards, including

  • the 2021 International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Outstanding Structure Award
  • the 2020 ACEI Project of the Year and Engineers Ireland’s Engineering Infrastructure and Buildings Award.

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