Saturday 24 March 2018

Beckett Bridge problems cause traffic chaos

Samuel Beckett Bridge (connects Guild Street to Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin). Picture: Caroline Quinn
Samuel Beckett Bridge (connects Guild Street to Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin). Picture: Caroline Quinn

Aishling Phelan

COMMUTERS faced major delays this morning as the Samuel Beckett Bridge remained closed during rush hour because of a technical problem.

The bridge was due to be open at 6am after overnight works but remained closed until almost 9am.


A spokesperson for Dublin City Council confirmed that the bridge could not reopen because of technical difficulties experienced by workers on site trying to reopen the bridge.


‘‘We have contractors on site and the bridge is computer controlled to open. They had technical difiiculties and didn’t manage to reopen it until just before 9am,’’ she said.


An engineer will examine the bridge this evening to assess whether there will be similar problems tomorrow morning.


‘‘If they find there’s a similar problem, we won’t close it again if we’re not confident,’’ she added.


The bridge was closed from 9pm to 6am and the council plans to repeat these overnight works tonight.


Cyclists and pedestrians were affected by the closure.


The bridge began opening to pedestrians at around 8.45am and eventually to traffic in both lanes. 


The Live Drive traffic information service warned road users, ‘‘Samuel Beckett Bridge just swung back into place so hopefully it'll reopen soon.’’


The bridge reopened to southbound traffic initially, which was then followed by northbound traffic.


Traffic had built back to Clontarf on the north side of the city.


The bridge serves as a major crossing of the Liffey, from the IFSC to the south Docklands.


‘‘Dublin Traffic: The Samuel Beckett Bridge remains  closed to traffic this morning. Road users advised to use alternative route,’’ An Garda Síochána tweeted at around 8am.


AA Roadwatch made light of a stressful situation for commuters tweeting, ‘‘To be clear Sam Beck Bridge is closed to ALL. The bridge is partially lifted. Only Mary Poppins and her umberella would make it.’’

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