BAM consortium completes N25 New Ross Bypass in Ireland

WCN Editorial Team 30 Jan 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The N25 New Ross Bypass scheme has now been officially inaugurated by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Rose Katherine Kennedy Townsend.

Built by BAM/ ACS consortium on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Wexford and Kilkenny County Councils, the N25 New Ross Bypass project includes Ireland’s longest bridge, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge and nearly 15km of road network.

Expected to improve the flow of traffic and shortening travel time by up to 30 minutes, on the Cork to Rosslare corridor and the New Ross area, the project had incurred a total cost of €230m.

The BAM / ACS consortium will now maintain the project for the next 25 years with a team of 20 workers.

The project was delivered as a public-private partnership (PPP) contract between Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the PPP company, which include BAM PPP, PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras.

Built on the River Barrow, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge stretches 887m and joins Kilkenny with Wexford. Considered to be the longest bridge in Ireland and its main span is the longest extradosed bridge span of its type in the world.

The bridge is located near Dunganstown, the ancestral home town of Kennedy family and hence, the bridge’s name celebrates its rich heritage.

The bridge has 14km of dual carriageway and 1km of single lane. BAM stated that 285,000 trees and shrubs were planted along the roadside. The road is claimed to have 16 farm underpasses and 20 mammal underpasses connecting foraging routes.

The bridge has 500km of cabling wire, similar to the length of the island of Ireland and the bridge was built using 7,000 tonnes of reinforced steel, equal to the Eiffel Tower.

The project was delivered by more than 1,000 people, working nearly 2.5 million hours.

BAM Ireland CEO Theo Cullinane said: “It is fantastic to see the N25 New Ross Bypass opened today. This is a crucial piece of infrastructure for the South East Region and it will have an immediate, tangible impact on the local community, who will enjoy reduced travel times and increased accessibility.

“The N25 is a strategic national route that carries both tourist and commercial traffic between Cork and Rosslare and it will improve connectivity across Munster and Leinster. Last year saw the opening of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway, another PPP scheme co-delivered by BAM that has delivered significant benefits to the South East Region. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge has generated a lot of excitement in the area.

“It is a bold, innovative piece of construction and I am certain it is set to become an iconic part of the landscape of Ireland. BAM has spent more than 60 years shaping the face of Ireland and this project is no exception.”

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Image: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Rose Katherine Kennedy Townsend along with BAM officials at the inauguration. (Credit: Royal BAM Group nv.)

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