Hopes Bridge

35m span bridge over the live Cork-Dublin Railway line, including demolition of the original bridge and 500m of road construction and realignment.


Laois County Council, County Hall, Portlaoise, Co. Laois


Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers


Monasterevin, Co. Laois

JCL fulfilled the role of Main Contractor and PSCS on this bridge construction which removed a dangerous structure and road over the Cork –Dublin Railway line, and replaced with a completely new realigned road.

Key Features

  • 35m long single span bridge over the live railway
  • Substantial piling works, using an alternative design proposed by JCL and accepted by the Client adjacent to the live railway on either side, requiring substantial track and vibration monitoring
  • 30,000m3 earthworks to create new reinforced embankments to bridge and approach roads
  • Installation of reinforced concrete deck and precast concrete parapets over the railway line, with substantial temporary works
  • Major service installation with drainage network and public lighting and communications ducting along full length of scheme
  • Major precast elements installed at night during possession of the railway line requiring two 700T cranes in tandem
  • Demolition of original bridge at night during possession of railway line
  • Procurement and management of specialist subcontractors for Installation of crash barriers, waterproofing, public lighting, surfacing and linemarking 
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