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December 11, 2009

Happy day: €60 million Samuel Beckett Bridge opens ahead of schedule

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Dublin’s €60 million Samuel Beckett Bridge, designed by internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, will open to traffic this morning. The 120-metre long, 48-metre high bridge spans the river Liffey from Sir John Rogerson’s Quay near Macken Street on the south side to Guild Street at the site of the new National Convention Centre on the north side.

It was one of two bridges commissioned from Calatrava by Dublin City Council 10 years ago. The other, the James Joyce Bridge, opened at Blackhall Place near Heuston Station on Bloomsday, June 16th, 2003. The new bridge was projected in 1998 to cost £10 million, but the costs ultimately rose to almost €60 million.

Designed to represent a harp on its side the cable-stayed bridge was made in the Netherlands and arrived in Dublin last May.

The Irish Times

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