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Tony Dempsey

Chief Bridge Engineer
Direct Route Construction Joint Venture
Co. Clare


Roughan & O'Donovan completed permanent and temporary works design of this major, multi-span viaduct at the N7/N18 interchange northwest of Limerick City.


  • ACEI President’s Award for Design Innovation 2011
  • Irish Concrete Society Infrastructural Category Award 2011


Structure B11 on the Limerick Southern Ring Road Phase II (Limerick PPP Scheme) carries N7 mainline traffic over a slip road and tidal creek.

It comprises:

  • Fully integral, twin viaducts, 169.6m and 178.5m in length
  • 6 spans on the south structure and five spans on the north structure
  • In situ cast reinforced concrete boxes with a maximum span/depth ratio of 23
  • Inset, single leaf piers to minimise visual impact
  • Shallow deck cantilevers to enhance the bridge’s slender appearance


The challenge lay in designing a high quality structure that could:

  • be constructed economically in complex soft ground conditions
  • settle well within a rural environment
  • service a very busy traffic flow


Our innovative design provided substantial benefits, in terms of construction and whole life maintenance costs, to our client.

Services provided:

  • Bridge engineering design
  • Geotechnical design
  • Temporary works design
  • Alignment and road works engineering design

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