W7377 : Hermitage Bridge

taken 1 year ago, near to Butlerstown, Ballinvinny South, Sallybrook, Buck Leary's Cross Roads and Upper Glanmire Bridge, Cork, Ireland

Hermitage Bridge
Hermitage Bridge
Hermitage Bridge is a footbridge over the M8 motorway just as it approaches its terminus at Cork's Dunkettle Interchange and also spans the R639 regional road. Due to the fact that it crosses 3 carriageways it takes the form of a dual cable-span suspension bridge in construction.

The bridge's very existence is curious though... on the east side of the motorway is the small hamlet of Hermitage comprising of about 15 dwellings. On the western side, where it descends next to the R639 ... seemingly, absolutely nothing - not even any room for parking. Only a pavement alongside the road to a roundabout not far away where you could use its pavements to cross the motorway anyway, and another running south towards the village of Sallybrook. There isn't even a continuing footpath westwards as there's a deep ravine just beyond the road's western boundary. As a result, this elaborate, expensively built pedestrian bridge, with huge wheelchair accessible ramps as well as steps on the western side, is rarely used by any pedestrians!

Local lore suggests that this bridge was created to serve the needs of just one person - an elderly woman who walked to mass every day and who would no longer be able to do so when the motorway was built.
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W7377   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 21 October, 2016   (more nearby)
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Friday, 21 October, 2016
Geographical Context
Paths  Village, Rural settlement  Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! W 731 777 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:57.0773N 8:23.4397W
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Irish: geotagged! W 733 777
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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