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Construction of Narrow Water Bridge to Commence “Within Weeks”

Artist's impression of the Narrow Water Bridge, showing a sleek 280-meter cable-stayed design with lanes for motorists and cyclists, connecting Warrenpoint in Co Down to Omeath in Co Louth over a scenic river landscape.

The long-anticipated Narrow Water Bridge, linking Warrenpoint in County Down to Omeath in County Louth, is set to begin construction imminently following the awarding of a €60 million contract to BAM Ireland. BAM Ireland, renowned for projects such as the River Suir Bridge in Waterford and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in Kilkenny, will spearhead the construction of this significant cross-border project.

The Narrow Water Bridge will be a 280-meter cable-stayed structure designed to accommodate both motorists and cyclists. This ambitious project, initially proposed over 50 years ago, faced numerous delays, including being shelved in 2013 despite having received planning permission a year earlier. The Irish government recently renewed its commitment to the project by allocating funds through the Shared Island initiative in February, facilitating the project’s advancement​.

Stormont First Minister Michelle O’Neill expressed her excitement about the project’s progress, noting that construction is expected to commence “within weeks.” She highlighted the transformative potential of the bridge for the south Down and Cooley regions, emphasizing the opportunities for job creation, tourism enhancement, and economic strengthening across Ireland​.

South Down MP Chris Hazzard also praised the progress, stating that the project is “moving another step closer to reality” with work scheduled to start shortly and continue over a 36-month period. Hazzard committed to ongoing support to ensure the project’s successful completion, recognizing its importance for local workers, families, and businesses​.

Jim Boylan, chair of the Narrow Water Bridge Community Network, welcomed the news, acknowledging the long campaign by local residents to bring the project to fruition. He anticipates a significant boost to tourism in the Carlingford Lough area, contributing to the region’s economic vitality​.

With a projected completion date set for 2027, the Narrow Water Bridge promises to be a landmark of cross-border cooperation and development, poised to bring substantial benefits to the local communities on both sides of the border.