Tenders issued for new Blackwater bridge

All works will be carried out on behalf of Cavan County Council.

Multi-disciplinary Engineering and other Specialist Consultancy Services have been sought as part of a tender issued to build a pedestrian bridge across the River Blackwater in Virginia.

The tender also incorporates works in relation to the proposed Active Travel Scheme for Crossdoney Village.

All works will be carried out on behalf of Cavan County Council.

"Multi- disciplinary engineering and other specialised consultancy services," have been sought in accordance with the scheduled services specified under the National Transport Authority’s Project Approval Guidelines.

The estimated value of the contract on offer, excluding VAT, is €300,000.

It will be the second such structure traversing the River Blackwater at various points after plans were lodged with Meath County Council for a pedestrian and cycle-bridge linking Balmoral Industrial Estate to Blackwater Park.

Foxtrot Investments 2011 Limited sought permission to build a bridge 93.6 metres in length and four metres wide.

The proposal included safety balustrades and lighting, all infrastructure, landscaping, access and associated site development works to enable the development.

A Natura Impact Statement was also submitted to the planning authority with the application.

Last year, Foxtrot Investments was granted planning permission for a landmark development on the southern side of the River Blackwater.

The proposal includes a six-storey high apartment and retail building at Balmoral Industrial Park on the Kells Road, with 63 ‘build to rent’ apartments and a discount supermarket on the site. The large site in the Balmoral Industrial Estate along the Kells Road was recently cleared. There has been permission for development on the site for some time.