Construction of the €5 million Mary Elmes Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge, linking the city centre and Victorian Quarter, started in July 2018 with the initial phase of work consisting of site set up and diversion of underground utilities.

Cork City Council has awarded the contract for the construction of the bridge to L&M Keating Contractors. 

The bridge itself will be fabricated off site by Thompsons of Carlow between July 2018 and February 2019. 

Bridge sections will be transported by truck to the lower harbour for final assembly and finishing. The finished superstructure will be placed on a barge and transported by river to the city centre. The barge journey will be timed to coincide with the optimum tide level for clear passage under Brian Boru Bridge before arrival at its final destination in the city centre in April 2019.

The bridge will be lifted by crane from the barge in one overnight operation which will require the complete closure of both quays for the duration of the lift.