Dublin Corporation commissioned Santiago Calatrava Valla, the world's leading bridge designer, to design a new Liffey crossing at Macken Street - halfway between the Matt Talbot bridge and the East Link bridge. The brief called for "a landmark structure of unmistakable modernity and with a unique character that would provide a symbol at the maritime gateway of Dublin, similar to the manner in which the Ha'penny Bridge has become an icon for the city".
The bridge is cable stayed with a curved inclined steel pylon. The bridge shall be capable of opening by way of a rotation mechanism housed in the base of the pylon.
(From June 2007)The Samuel Beckett Bridge (Macken St bridge) will be constructed by Graham Hollandia Joint Venture. The total cost of the project is estimated at ?47 million, which will also include a major upgrade of the approach roads. The bridge will have four traffic lanes with cycle tracks and footpaths on either side of the bridge, while being capable of opening to accommodate maritime traffic. The bridge is expected to be completed by 2009.
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