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Dublin's Samuel Beckett bridge opens

Dublin’s £53.7M Samuel Beckett Bridge, built by Graham Construction, was officially opened to the public on Thursday 11th December 2009.

The 120m long, 48m high bridge spans the River Liffey and was designed to represent a harp on its side. The cable-stayed bridge was made in the Netherlands and transported by Graham Construction across the English Channel and Irish Sea, to Dublin in May 2009.

Graham Construction oversaw the civil and marine works necessary to support the bridge. A reinforced concrete support pier was cast in the Liffey along with abutments behind the quay walls.

Both the abutments and the pier rest on piles up to 20m in length, which were bored into the limestone rock underneath the river bed.

The 2,300 tonne bridge, which was designed by Dr. Santiago Calatrave Valls, has four lanes with cycle tracks and footpaths on either side and has the capability of opening through an angle of 90 degrees to facilitate maritime traffic.

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