Wednesday the 21st of May saw the official opening of the Rosie Hackett Bridge. The bridge which connects Eden Quay to Burgh Quay is now open to pedestrians, cyclists, buses and taxis with completion on Luas works due to finished by 2017. The project was a joint venture between Dublin City Council, The National Transport Authority and The Rail Procurement Agency.
Designed by Roughan and O’Donovan Consultancy Engineers and architect Seán Harrington, it was project managed by Dublin City Council road design division. It came in at a cost of approximately €13.5 million and was funded by the NTA with construction beginning back in September 2011 by Graham Projects ltd. The Launching ceremony was attended by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, Dublin, Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn, Rosie Hacketts nephew John Gray and other Rosie Hackett relatives.
Lord Mayor Quinn says: “The Rosie Hackett Bridge caters exclusively for multiple forms of sustainable transport. It will play a central role in improving bus performance along the city quays and provide an alternative route to O’Connell Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians crossing the Liffey. It will also provide a vital link for Luas Cross City and is a welcome addition to the city’s expanding sustainable transport infrastructure.”
While Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said: “The new bridge is unique in that it is the only one in Dublin built exclusively for the use of public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.”
Rosie Hackett’s nephew John Gray said. “I would like to thank all the people who campaigned to have this beautiful bridge named after Rosie Hackett. Dublin City Council’s decision to name the bridge after Rosie is a tribute to people all over the world who have fought against injustice and inequality.”
The Rosie Hackett Bridge is the only city centre bridge named after a woman and is the first new bridge to be built in the city centre since the 2009 Samuel Beckett Bridge. It is 47 meters in length, 26 meters in width and is the 21st bridge over the Liffey between Chapelizod and Dublin Port. It’s a central piece of infrastructure in the Luas Cross City project.