Boyne River Bridge
The Boyne River Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in County Meath, Ireland. It spans the Boyne River 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of Drogheda on the county boundary between County Meath and County Louth and is part of the M1 Northern Motorway. (It was the longest such bridge in the Republic of Ireland until 19 October 2009, when the River Suir Bridge opened on the N25.) Due to environmental concerns, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was carried out for the bridge separately from the M1 EIS -- the first such formal EIS carried out and published for a bridge in Ireland. In 2006 the bridge won the Excellence Award (Civil) from the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland. The bridge was built from 2000 to 2003 and was designed by Roughan and O’Donavan, who were awarded the ACEI Presidential Award in 2005 for the design.

Designing a road bridge over the Boyne was not an easy task. At the chosen point, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) upstream from Drogheda, the ground level on the south is elevated, with a sudden drop while the north bank slopes gradually down to the river. The area is environmentally sensitive, especially the reed beds on the north bank and the flora and fauna of Yellow Island in the middle of the river. The area has a rich heritage as it is also situated adjacent to the area in which the Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690. The answer was a cable-stayed bridge. Although at a cost of €35 million it would be more expensive than a standard road bridge, it could incorporate a much longer main span without the need for supports in the river, so the engineers could protect the river and the island from any interference. It would also look attractive, with a tall pylon at the south side and cable stays fanning out from it, supporting the main structure. Opened on 9 June 2003, the bridge is managed under a public private partnership between the National Roads Authority on behalf of the Irish Government and a private company, Celtic Roads Group. The concession company has an obligation to maintain the road for 30 years. The bridge and motorway is tolled in both directions to finance its construction and maintenance. This Bridge recently won the 2006 Excellence Award (Civil) from the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland.


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