Eastern Garvoge Bridge

Eastern Garvoge Bridge and Approach Roads Scheme

The Eastern Garvoge Bridge and Approach Road Scheme is of strategic importance to the development of Sligo and in linking communities and facilitating development within Sligo City especially the east ward of the city.  The scheme has been developed as a traffic calmed urban distributor road consisting of a 2-way single carriageway, a dedicated 2-way cycle way with footpaths on either side.  Planning approval has been received, compulsory purchase order confirmed, and some advance works carried out.  It is the councils desire to complete the detailed design of the scheme by Q1/2 2023, to progress to Tender Stage during Q3/4 2023 with a view to commencing construction during 2024. The Eastern Garvoge Bridge and Approach Roads Project is listed for construction in the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027.

The main benefits for Sligo Residents and the wider community will include much reduced journey times for walkers, cyclists and vehicles between the North and South sides of the River Garvogue in the eastern quadrant. It will significantly reduce travel distance and improve access to the many facilities on opposite sides of the river. These includes the three schools and Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Sligo on the Northeast side and three schools on the Southeast side. It will also provide faster access to Sligo General Hospital from the Southeast quarter and better access to Government Buildings, County Hall, the Fire Station, Cleveragh Business and Retail Area, Doorly Park Playground and Trail, Sligo Regional Sports Centre and the newly developed Cleveragh Park facilities. The route will also greatly reduce response times for emergency services e.g., ambulance, gardaí and fire services.

The new Eastern Garvogue Bridge scheme includes:

  • Urban Distributor single carriageway (each way) road and bridge – From Ash Lane /Molloway Hill to Cranmore Road, about 2km long (1.2miles).
  • Cycle ways.
  • Footpaths on both sides of the road.
  • Low speed limit urban section of road.
  • Special road surface to reduce noise levels.
  • Pedestrian crossings and bus stops.
  • Revised Signalised Junction at Ash Lane/ R286.
  • Riverside fully lit Walkway – continuing from Blue Lagoon area, beneath new bridge to Doorly Park.
  • Landmark Bridge for Sligo across Garvoge River.



An extensive programme of consultation has been undertaken in the development of this project. The following groups have been involved in the process and will continue to work in partnership with Sligo County Council to deliver the project:

  • Department of Transport
  • Landowners
  • Resident Associations Doorly Park/Martin Savage Terrace
  • Cranmore Regeneration/Cranmore Co-operative Committee
  • Sligo County Council Parks and Housing Departments
  • Recreational Users of Garvogue River/Lough Gill
  • Bus Éireann
  • Existing commercial and business interests north and south of the river.


Progress to Date

  • Public consultations, comprehensive mail-drops.
  • Public hearings for supporters and objectors to the scheme.
  • Planning permission granted for scheme by An Bord Pleanála.
  • Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) confirmed by An Bord Pleanála.
  • Notices to Treat issued to affected land and property owners.
  • Valuer appointed by Sligo County Council.
  • Detailed design public consultation held.
  • Submissions analysed and design amendments carried out
  • Amended details and model prepared and put on public display.
  • Further site testing and archaeological investigations completed
  • Detailed design been progressed and now nearing completion
  • Negotiations with permanent CPO affected landowners now underway.

For property owners served with Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) including Temporary CPOs, the Design Team are available to discuss concerns as appropriate.


If you require further information on the scheme, please contact Sligo County Council:

Eamonn Brennan on 071 9111958  ebrennan@sligococo.ie  or    

Joseph Forde 071 9111966  jforde@sligococo.ie (both at Road Design, Riverside, Sligo)