I was on the new relief road in Mullingar which i read in a local paper has Irelands longest bridge. Would they mean land bridge or would it matter, a span is a span kind of thinking regardless of what it traverses or how high the land underneath comes up. Just curiosity.
Ps I think they are calling it after Joe Dolan.
I thought that honour went to the new Foyle Bridge in Derry/Londonderry?
Its not new, been there 20 years
I'll dig out quote tomorrow if the paper it was in is still about. 20 spans 540m long I think..
Nation’s longest bridge to be named after Joe
Mullingar Advertiser, July 30, 2010.
The Joe Dolan Memorial Bridge at Clonmore.
By Finian Coghlan
The longest bridge in Ireland, the 540m completion section of the €40m Mullingar orbital road, is to be called the Joe Dolan Memorial Bridge, it was revealed at this week’s council meeting.
“This was discussed with the family and they’re very happy their brother Joe could be remembered like this,” cathaoirleach Mick Dollard told the meeting.
The final part of the C-Link road - which was begun nearly 13 years ago - extends from Clonmore Business Park to the Lynn Road roundabout and will be officially opened by Minister of Transport, Noel Dempsey TD, on September 6 at 12.30pm.
This 780m stretch of road consists of a two-lane carriageway and with the raised section of 540m over marshy ground, including over the Brosna and Lacy’s canal, the council believes this to be the longest bridge in Ireland.
By comparison, the recently built cable stay bridge over the Boyne on the M1 motorway is just 370m long, but has the single biggest span in the country at 170m. Work on the site began in March 2009 and of the €40m cost of the closing link, the bridge itself cost €12m.
The bridge crosses the flood plain of the river Brosna as well as Lacy’s canal. There will be 3.1m (10ft) of clearance over the canal to allow for boat passage. The ground conditions, which consist of 10m of peat over 20m of very soft silt, mean that constructing the bridge was a “considerable engineering challenge”, according to county manager, Danny McLoughlin.
Naas firm, Messrs Jons Civil Engineering Co Ltd, were responsible for the final design and construction, and this last stretch included piling, abutment work, approach embankments, and all the required tie-ins with the old N52 at the southern end and the C-Link at the northern end.
Found the article..
That's the first I've heard of this Mullingar orbital road. What's the route number?
Not in this forum you don't
It seems to be made up of a number of R Routes - see the Westmeath County Council map here and a map which suggests it includes the R400 and part of the R394.
Don't think so! The Waterford bypass bridge is longer than the Boyne one, it's 230m http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suir_Bridge
Longest, probably. In any way imaginative or worth celebrating? Definitely not.
It's not as bad as the Westlink mind.
How about nominations for Ireland's most beautiful bridge or is that for another thread?
Could slap up another thread, there's a lot more candidates for "most beautiful" than longest I reckon.
Alhthough its a Rail Bridge isnt the longest bridge in the Republic the Barrow rail bridge which is about 650/680m long ? (Individual Spans are about 45m)
Will the New Ross bridge be the longest if it gets built?
Yes end to end nearly 1k in length, also longest span will just top the River Suir Bridge at the moment which is 230m..........bridge engineers alway talk in longest spans as opposed to end to end (abutment to abutment) lengths when rating bridges' lengths.