o The Frog Blog: Samuel Beckett Bridge

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Samuel Beckett Bridge

The Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin City’s newest bridge, is due to open to traffic over the Liffey in early 2010. Beckett Bridge, near Macken Street in the Dublin Docklands, will have four traffic lanes with cycle tracks and footpaths on either side of the bridge, and has the capacity to facilitate bus and Luas rails in the future, while being capable of opening to accommodate maritime traffic. This landmark structure, of unique character, will have a curved profile leaning northwards resulting in a dramatic shape giving the appearance of a harp lying on it’s side.

Designed by the world famous Spanish architect and engineer, Dr Santiago Calatrava, the Samuel Beckett Bridge began its journey from Rotterdam, where it was built, just over a week ago. . While winds hampered its initial arrival, the final stages of construction will begin shortly. The total cost of the project is approximately €60 million. Calatrava is also responsible for the James Joyce Bridge on the Liffey

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