Roughan & O’Donovan developed the alternative conceptual design for this 115m long, three span, fully integral bridge, crossing the River Boyne and forming part of the M3 motorway in Co. Meath.
The bridge consists of a central span of 51.5m and two side spans of 30.8m each. It features haunched steel beams; a curved arch profile; masonry clad reinforced concrete abutments; and intermediate piers.
A bespoke parapet reflects the masonry parapet on Ballinter bridge, a neighbouring multi-span 18th century masonry arch.
Designing a bridge over the environmentally sensitive River Boyne, without impacting the river, its banks or the delicate wildlife habitat below, represented a challenge.
The bridge’s central span of 51.5m eliminated the need for supports in the river, thus protecting it and the island from environmental impact.
- Bridge engineering design
- Environmental engineering design