Waterford city’s second bridge will open next Monday afternoon, with members of the public getting a chance to visit the new crossing via bus only between 1.30 and 4pm.
It had been initially hoped that a ‘Family Fun Day’ would take place this Sunday giving the public a chance to walk across the bridge.
However, final preparations ahead of the opening led to the event’s cancellation, which will disappoint many.
Minister Martin Cullen will perform the opening of the bridge at 12.30pm in the company of National Roads Authority Chairman Peter Malone, City Mayor John Halligan, County Mayor Nora Flynn and Kilkenny County Council Chair Michael O’Brien.
Buses provided by Waterford City Council will pick up members of the public at the Clock Tower on the Quay between 1.30 and 4pm for trips across the bridge ahead of its opening to traffic at 5pm.
Tolls on the new bridge will depend on the weight of the vehicle, with motorcyclists paying €1. A car across the new bridge will cost €1.90 and a scale will apply to trucks and other heavy vehicles, rising to €6.10 depending on the number of axles.
Several means of payment systems will be utilised at the bridge, including automatic toll booths, manned booths and electronic payment methods.