Droichead an Nascbhóthair Thiar
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|Transport Infrastructure Ireland|
| 1990 (1st span)|
2003 (2nd span)
|IR£30m (1st span)|
|Crossings related to the M50 (Republic of Ireland)|
The West-Link Bridge carries the M50 across the valley of the River Liffey and the Strawberry Beds west of Dublin, between Junctions 6 and 7 of the motorway, a stretch which is subject to Barrier-Free Tolling (managed by eFlow).
Construction started on a dual two lane, 385 metre bridge in 1987 and this opened on 11th March 1990 by Taoiseach Charles Haughey. Initially, tolls were 60p for cars, IR£1 for buses and vans and up to IR£2 for HGVs. It was built with a toll-house and barriers - however, this quickly became congested, so in 2000, construction started on a parallel span, which opened in 2003, allowing the present configuration of 4 lanes in each direction.