Landmark Liffey bridge ready for grand opening
THE first bridge crossing the River Liffey to be named after a woman will be opened next week.
A spokesperson for the Luas Cross City project confirmed last night that the Rosie Hackett Bridge will host its first official crossing next Tuesday afternoon.
A special ceremony will be held to mark the opening of the 21st bridge to cross the capital's main waterway on May 20, and it will be open to the public the following morning.
"The Rosie Hackett Bridge is being officially opened on May 20. There will be a ribbon cutting, a band – you name it. It will be opening to the public on May 21, and you will have buses, pedestrians, cyclists and taxis. It will be open to public transport but it won't be open for cars," the spokesperson said.
Work on the €15m project began in early 2012, and the bridge spans the River Liffey, connecting Marlborough Street on the northside to Hawkins Street on the southside.
The bridge will also host the new Luas line when work on the tram's 'Cross City' project is expected to be completed in 2017. "When the tram is operational, it will run across there when it is going from north to south – as it will only be travelling across the bridge one way. The Luas will be going south to north down O'Connell Bridge, and comes back across the river up the Rosie Hackett Bridge," the spokesperson added.
The crossing was named after Dublin trade union activist Rosie Hackett who had a role in the 1916 Easter Rising.