New footbridge over River Lagan at Ormeau step closer
A new foot and cycle bridge across the River Lagan in Belfast has come one step closer.
A planning application has been submitted for the pedestrian and cycle bridge, which will link the Gasworks area of the city to Ormeau, across the river.
It's predicted the new bridge will cost between £7m and £9m to build.
The application was lodged by the Department for Regional Development. The proposed structure will include combined foot and cycle ramps, pedestrian and cycle links to existing routes, a small car park, lighting and landscaping.
Initial plans for the bridge were unveiled last year, with a handful of proposals put out for consultation. And in January, one of the 10 designs was given the go ahead.
The 141-metre long cable-stayed bridge will have a steel deck, with its high steel supporting towers sunk close to the banks of the Lagan, leaving the main central section over the river free from obstruction.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said the design will result in an eye-catching construction connecting two of the city's key assets.
Mr Kennedy has said that "at a cost of between £7m to £9m, the preferred design is the least expensive of the three options".
And he added it was expected to "have the least environmental impact" when construction begins.
Separately, Belfast Harbour is spending over £1m on a waterfront walkway linking its City Quays development to the city centre.