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Droichead an Nascbhóthair Thoir
East Link from the south bank of the Liffey looking downstream
|Maintained by||Dublin City Council, NTR plc|
|Opened||22 October 1984|
The East-Link (Irish: Droichead an Nascbhóthair Thoir) is a toll bridge in Dublin, Ireland, on the River Liffey, owned by Dublin City Council and operated by NTR plc. The bascule-type lifting bridge, which links North Wall to Ringsend, is the last bridge on the Liffey, which opens out into Dublin Port and then Dublin Bay just beyond. The bridge forms part of the R131 regional road.
East-Link was built by NTR, and opened to vehicular traffic in 1984; the bridge will revert back to the city council control on 31 December 2015.
The city centre is west of the bridge, which links routes on the eastern side of Dublin city. The Dublin Port Tunnel terminates north of the East-Link along East Wall Road, in the Docklands on the north bank of the Liffey. Most of Dublin's docklands are east of the bridge, but it is raised on average three times per day to allow river traffic to pass.
Currently 22,000 vehicles per day cross the East-Link bridge. As of 2014, trucks and cars pay, either in cash or using electronic tokens, and cycles and motorbikes cross for free. The tolling area and administrative offices are on the south (Ringsend) side of the bridge.