|Strabane / Lifford|
Lifford Bridge is a bridge spanning the River Foyle, which marks the international border between Strabane in County Tyrone and Lifford in County Donegal. It links the Northern Ireland A38 in Northern Ireland with the N15 in the Republic.
With the old bridge subject to weight limits and unsuitable for goods traffic there had long been discussion on building a new bridge. In the 1950s this was becoming more urgent as traffic increased and railways closed. In late 1953, engineering consultants were appointed to build the bridge, but the scheme did not go to tender until 1961 and the completed bridge was not officially opened until 1 February 1964. The 115-metre-long pre-stressed concrete cantilever bridge was built by Belfast contractors Farrens and cost £135,000. The new bridge was slightly upriver of the old one, which was then demolished.
In 2005 over £400,000 (€500,000) was spent on a refurbishment of the bridge that included upgrading the parapet railings, installation of safety kerbing and railings, resurfacing of the carriageway deck and footways, and upgrading streetlights. At this time the bridge carried some 16,000 vehicles a day.