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Friday 2 December 2016

Two bridges over the Liffey suffer from cracks and leaks

REPAIRS

Butt Bridge
Butt Bridge

Two of Dublin's busiest bridges are suffering from cracks, leaks and structural defects, inspections have shown.

The faults were found in Butt Bridge, which was built in 1932, and the Talbot Memorial Bridge, built in 1978, during recent inspections by Dublin City Council.

Both bridges cross the river Liffey on either side of the Custom House and carry a massive amount of traffic on a daily basis, something which is seen as a contributing factor in their deterioration and also a headache for the council in terms of organisation of a repair plan.

Outside engineering consultants are now to be engaged by the Council to undertake inspections to assess the extent of the damage.

The consultants will be required to find the cause, the extent and the severity of the faults as well as recommend the most cost effective way of repairing and refurbishing the bridges.

Damage

Although Talbot Memorial Bridge is only half the age of Butt Bridge it was found to be the one with the worst damage in many places.

The expansion joints on it were described as being in a very poor condition, with cracks and leaks throughout.

Corrosion and vegetation growth was also seen on the parapets, and the underside of the road was found to be sagging and cracking.

Butt Bridge needs repairs to the parapets where cracks have been identified in the surface and in the support structures.

Leakage and corrosion was also found in a number of areas.

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