A new bridge over the river Liffey nears completion and will provide motorists with a quicker way to cross Dublin.

After eighteen months construction on the East-Link Toll Bridge is nearly finished. Due to open in the middle of October, the new bridge spans 600 feet crossing the River Liffey between East Wall on the north side and Ringsend on the south side.

It has a one hundred foot opening span weighing almost two hundred tonnes.

It is envisaged that when open to shipping, delays to traffic will only be five or six minutes. Motorists boarding the bridge at Ringsend will be driving on what was part of the River Liffey up until a year ago.

A new six lane road has been constructed on land reclaimed from the river itself.

Three cars at a time will be able to use both inward and outward toll booths. Once on the bridge, the road narrows to one lane each way.

Project Manager Tony McClafferty explains the benefits that the new bridge will bring to cross city motorists.

Anyone using East-Link would expect to save twenty minutes on a cross city journey.

The toll will be thirty pence for the private motorist and it is anticipated that time spent at the toll booth will be four to five seconds.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 September 1984. The reporter is Reg Cullen.