Samuel Beckett Bridge under inspection
Examination by technical engineer following morning chaos
The Samuel Beckett Bridge is under inspection following “technical issues” this morning. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
The Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin was closed this morning during rush hour, causing major delays to morning commuters.
The bridge was closed between 9pm and 6am for overnight works, but failed to reopen on time. The bridge began opening at 8.45am to pedestrians followed by traffic.
Dub: To be clear Sam Beck Bridge is closed to ALL. The bridge is partially lifted. Only Mary Poppins and her umberella would make it.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 11, 2014
Beckett Bridge is closed to traffic this morning. Road users (including cyclists!) advised to use alternative route pic.twitter.com/NQXhpJBetR— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 11, 2014
According to a spokeswoman for Dublin City Council, the bridge was unable to reopen due to “technical issues”. She confirmed that a technical engineer is examining the bridge this afternoon in the hopes of resolving the issue before the evening rush.
“If they’re not happy they can guarantee reopening tomorrow, they won’t close the bridge this evening,” she said.
Dublin City Council has been carrying out overnight works on the Samuel Beckett Bridge over the last week. Tonight is scheduled to be the final night of works.