Plans to improve the movement of traffic with the construction of two new bridges for Cork city.

A land use and transportation study aims to change the face of Cork and is now being gradually implemented.

The urgently needed works can no longer be avoided.

Government funding of £2.5 million will see two new bridges crossing the River Lee at Custom House Quay. The construction of these bridges will require the demolition of some existing buildings and the loss of 1,800 feet of quayside shipping berths. Cork Harbour Board is now in negotiations with Cork Corporation about these changes. The area had been used by fishing fleets and visiting naval vessels. Alternative berthing will now need to be provided in the port.

The new bridges will carry four lanes of traffic across two channels from the north to the south of the city. Contractors will move on to the site in two weeks time and the plan is to have the works complete in twenty and a half months.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 September 1982. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.