James Joyce Bridge

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James Joyce Bridge
Droichead James Joyce
James Joyce Bridge - looking downstream
James Joyce Bridge - looking downstream
Carries Road and pedestrian traffic
Crosses River Liffey
Locale Dublin
Designer Santiago Calatrava
Design Tied-arch bridge
Material Steel, glass
Total length 40m
Width 30m
Number of spans 1
Constructed by Irishenco, Harland and Wolff
Opened 16 June 2003 (Bloomsday)
Coordinates 53°20′48″N 6°16′57″W / 53.34667°N 6.2825°W / 53.34667; -6.2825Coordinates: 53°20′48″N 6°16′57″W / 53.34667°N 6.2825°W / 53.34667; -6.2825

James Joyce Bridge (Irish: Droichead James Joyce[1]) is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, joining the south quays to Blackhall Place on the north side.

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is a single-span structural steel design, 40 m (131 ft) long, with the deck supported from two outward angled arches.[2]

The bridge was built by Irishenco Construction, using pre-fabricated steel sections from Harland and Wolff of Belfast.[2]

The bridge is named for the famous Dublin author James Joyce, and was opened on 16 June 2003 (Bloomsday).[3] Joyce's short story "The Dead" is set in Number 15 Usher's Island,[4] the house facing the bridge on the south side.[5]

References[edit]

Detail of the bridge. 15 Usher's Island is the redbrick house obscured by the arch.