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Samuel Beckett Bridge

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Samuel Beckett Bridge
Droichead Samuel Beckett
Location Map ( geo)
The northern end of the Samuel Beckett bridge - Geograph - 1571006.jpg
Samuel Beckett bridge in August 2009.
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From:  Custom House
To:  Ulster Bank Building
Highway Authority
Dublin City
Opening Date
10 December 2009
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Cable Stayed
Length:  120m (393 ft 8 in)
Height:  48m (157 ft 6 in)
Engineer:  Santiago Calatrava
Crossings related to the Dublin Outer Orbital Route

The Beckett Bridge is the newest bridge in Dublin, opening in late 2009. It is a cable-stayed swing bridge and it opened ahead of schedule.

The bridge was planned to create a new crossing on the eastern side of the river that could be used by through traffic, while simultaneously supporting the redevelopment of the Docklands area. As soon as it opened, the Dublin Outer Orbital Route was moved onto this route. The bridge is technically not numbered, but it links the R801 to the R813.

At the north end, traffic restrictions are in place to restrict access to the bridge from Dublin Port - a planning condition following concern that the new bridge would take freight traffic away from Tom Clarke Bridge.

Even though the bridge didn't open until 2009, a crossing in this location was recommended as far back as 1965. This would have been called the Liffey Bridge, and would have been D4, forming part of the Canal Ring Road.

This project was upgraded and turned into the Liffey Crossing; an elevated motorway that would have linked the Royal Canal Motorway to the South Coast Motorway. This was cancelled in 1992.

In 1994, a new study called for a bridge in this area, and referred to it as Macken Street Bridge.

It is designed to look like an Irish harp. On 2 December 2018, 1,400 LED lights were added to the bridge to mark the EURO2020 draw. The lights were then kept as a Christmas decoration, and remained in place. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the lights were used to share safety messages[1].

The bridge structure was manufactured in Rotterdam and transported by barge. It includes space for tram tracks in case they are ever required - there has not been any proposals to run a tram across here[2].

The bridge is named after the author, who was born in Dublin in 1906.




Samuel Beckett Bridge
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The Samuel Beckett Bridge from the east - Geograph - 1736266.jpgSamuel Beckett Bridge viewed from the east.jpgThe northern end of the Samuel Beckett bridge - Geograph - 1571006.jpgNorthbound traffic on the Samuel Beckett Bridge - Geograph - 1736272.jpgDublin Outer Orbital J52.jpg
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