You can’t go to Dublin without noticing all of the different bridges that span the River Liffey; 23 of them in fact. Bridges are one of the most visible examples of civil engineering works.
The James Joyce bridge was designed by award-winning engineer and architect Santiago Calatrava, and is both a pedestrian and vehicle bridge.
As this thorough engineering analysis of the bridge reminds us, building bridges can be a tremendous feat of engineering. Bridge builders need to take into account traffic loads, pedestrian loads, wind load, and even vibrations.
Interested in more information on the bridges? Read the Project history of Dublin’s River Liffey bridges.