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The Foyle Bridge is a bridge in Derry in Northern Ireland. Although the central cantilever span of the bridge is the second longest in Ireland at 234 metres (767 ft), the whole suspended bridge structure including the approach spans is the longest in Ireland at 866 metres (2839 ft).

It crosses the River Foyle to the north of the city, and forms only the second bridge linking the city centre to the Waterside. Work on the bridge began in 1980 and it opened in October 1984. The seven approach spans on the east bank are of prestressed concrete box construction. The three main river spans are of steel box construction and were built by Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in 6 segments, weighed up to 900 tonnes each, and then transported by barge and ocean going tug to site were they were lifted into position. Between 2003 and 2005 the bridge underwent strengthening, resurfacing and other improvements, leading to widespread traffic disruption in the city. Total cost of the refurbishment work was £10.6 million. The road was built to four-lane dual carriageway standard, and carries the A515. By 2004 more than 30,000 vehicles used the bridge every day. The NI Railways train line to Belfast runs beneath the eastern end of the bridge.

The bridge was built for the Roads Service of Northern Ireland by RDL - Graham Joint Venture, with the consulting engineers being Ove Arup and Partners. The value of the four year construction contract was £15,765,000. It was the first bridge in Ireland to be built according to a ‘Design and Construct’ system, whereby the same firm designed and constructed the bridge.




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