Work has begun in Athlone this week on plans for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Shannon to form part of the Dublin Galway greenway.
The work involves drilling holes on both sides of the river bed at the Luan Gallery and the Radisson hotel where the bridge is to be built, as well as a hole in the centre of the river where the central support for the structure will go.
The drilling equipment is located on a barge on the river and the work is expected to take a number of weeks.
It’s hoped that the tender process to find a company to construct the bridge can begin next year and that the new structure can be open and ready for use by 2022.
Director of Services with Westmeath Council Barry Kehoe says the new bridge will be a vital part of the future development and architecture of Athlone town.