The first part of a 1,000-tonne, 120-metre bridge was installed in Baile Bhúirne, Co Cork today as part of the N22 bypass.

The bridge, made from weathered steel, took eight hours to slowly piece together using an innovative push-launch technique.

The road scheme bypassing Macroom and Ballyvourney is set to significantly improve travel time and access in the region, in particular between Kerry and Cork.  

The people of Baile Bhúirne were enthralled by the  spectacle of engineering, signifying another step forward in the construction of the 22 kilometre N22 bypass.

The local community came to witness the installation of the first section of steel bridge, which weighed 770 tonnes and measured 80 metres in length.

The structure was constructed in Spain before being shipped to the Port of Cork.

it took 20 truckloads to transport it to Baile Bhúirne, near Kerry border.

Despite Covid-19, the construction of the N22 bypass is pushing ahead with a completion date of winter 2023 in sight.