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New EU-funded €3 million pedestrian and cycle bridge inaugurated in Galway city

A new EU-funded pedestrian and cycle bridge was officially inaugurated in Galway City on 26 May 2023.

The new Salmon Weir pedestrian and cycle bridge in Galway
The new Salmon Weir pedestrian and cycle bridge in Galway

The new Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Project in Galway was officially inaugurated on Friday, 26 May 2023. The project, which received a contribution of €3.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund, is the first bridge to be built over the river Corrib in over 30 years.

Situated next to the existing Salmon Weir Bridge and in front of the Cathedral in Galway City, the bridge is part of Galway’s integrated strategy to revitalise, regenerate and improve the urban environment. It will remove current conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists, and traffic, by offering a dedicated safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists alike. It will also enhance links between both sides of the river, linking the hospital, university and local communities with the city centre, as well as facilitating the Cross-City Link public transport corridor over the existing 200-year old bridge.

The form of bridge was carefully chosen to reflect the heritage of the area and not to detract from the cultural significance of the structures around it such as Galway Cathedral, the existing Salmon Weir, Bridge and the Convent. It will also create a focal point for locals and tourists by offering new views of river, cathedral, angling activities, and the canal and mill race.