New Liffey bridge gets under way

Tuesday 05 May 2009 11.13
Rotterdam - New bridge 'sets sail'
Rotterdam - New bridge 'sets sail'

The main structure of the new Samuel Beckett bridge has left Rotterdam on its way to Dublin.

The cable-stayed bridge currently is to join Macken Street on the south side of the River Liffey to Guild Street and North Wall Quay in the Docklands area.

The architect is Santiago Calatrava Valls, who also designed the James Joyce bridge, which is further upstream.

Constructed by the Graham Hollandia Joint Venture, the main span of the bridge is supported by cable stays from a doubly back-stayed single forward arc tubular tapered spar, with decking providing for four traffic and two pedestrian lanes.

It will also be capable of opening through an angle of 90 degrees allowing ships to pass through.

The shape of the spar and its cables is said to evoke an image of a harp lying on its edge.

The bridge left Rotterdam yesterday, and is expected to arrive in Dublin on 9 May.

The bridge is expected to open early in 2010.

The total cost of the project is estimated at just under €60m, which will also include a major upgrade of the approach roads.