O’Dowd welcomes construction beginning on Narrow Water Bridge

Date published: 04 June 2024

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has welcomed the move to construction of the Narrow Water Bridge project.

Infrastructure Minister John O'Dowd with Taoiseach Simon Harris, Tánaiste Micheál Martin and representatives of the Irish Government and Louth County Council

The project will produce a 195m cable-stayed bridge connecting Omeath with Narrow Water near Warrenpoint, designed for vehicular, cycle and pedestrian traffic.

The Department for Infrastructure has worked closely with the Irish Government and Louth County Council over the past two years to help secure the progression of the project to the contract commencement stage.  The Department will continue to work closely with the project team during the construction stage to ensure the bridge is able to connect into the road and the active travel network in the North of Ireland.

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd said: 

“This is an historic and significant day for the people of this area.  

"I have no doubt that this new bridge will be a game-changer for many reasons.  The bridge will provide a poignant symbol of connection between the north and south. It will play its part connecting communities on both sides of Carlingford Lough and in doing so it will create opportunities for local tourism, as well as the local economy by providing an increase in visitor footfall and employment levels.  

"It will serve as a vital element of cross-border active travel while facilitating greenways, mountain bike trails, walking routes and beaches in the Carlingford Lough region.

"This new landmark is a perfect example of the difference infrastructure projects can make in people’s lives.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Today’s announcement follows a tender process conducted by Louth County Council, in accordance with the Public Spending Code, and overseen by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in consultation with the Department for Infrastructure.
  2. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
  3. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
  4. Follow the Department on Twitter @deptinfra and on Facebook @DepartmentforInfrastructure on LinkedIn at DfILinkedIn

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