Samuel Beckett Bridge

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The Samuel Beckett Bridge links the northside and southside of the city over the River Liffey in the Dublin Docklands.Construction commenced in May 2007 and the bridge opened to traffic on the 11th December 2009.

Designed by Santiago Calatrava

The bridge has been designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava Valls, who also designed the James Joyce Bridge.  He has created a landmark structure with a curved profile leaning northwards. This dramatic shape gives the appearance of a harp lying on it’s side.

The bridge is being constructed by Graham Hollandia Joint Venture. Graham Construction have carried out a number of major projects including Taney Bridge in Dundrum. Hollandia have completed many high profile works such as the London Eye.


The bridge will have four traffic lanes, with cycle tracks and footpaths on either side. It will also be capable of opening through an angle of 90 degrees allowing ships to pass through. This will be achieved through a rotational mechanism housed in the base of the pylon.

The bridge is a cable-stayed, steel box girder structure with a span of 120 metres between north and south quay walls. An asymmetric shape will be provided through the positioning of the pylon outside the navigation channel at a point approximately 28 metres from the south quay.

The central axis of the bridge is aligned with Guild Street on the northern side of the River Liffey and ot will cross the river at right angles to connect with Sir John Rogerson's Quay at a location approximately 70 metres west of Cardiff Lane.


The total cost of the project is estimated at €59.95 million, which will also include a major upgrade of the approach roads.  

The project is being funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and Dublin City Council.

For more information

Dublin City Council,
Road Construction Services,
Block 2,
Floor 3, 
Civic Offices,
Wood Quay,
Dublin 8.

Tel. 222 5068
Fax. 222 2695