Demolition of Doyles Bridge, Athlone.

Demolition of Doyles Bridge, Athlone.

Doyle's Bridge consisted of three structures. A central masonary arch built in the 1880's, a single pre-cast beam structure added in the 1960's and a single pre-cast beam structure in the 1990's. Total width of the structure over the rail line was 34.8 metres.

In 2012, the work commenced on Doyle’s Bridge. The work was carried out over a live rail way line, with all the necessary health and safety procedures in place.

The mainstream works were completed during the night to minimise disruption to the railway line below. The last train passed through at 9pm and the team then set about covering the railway line to protect it from the demolition that would commence throughout the night.

We had specially designed covers that sat as a protective layer over the rail way line, this combined with a layer of stones compacted to ensure no damage. This also ensured that the rail way line could open as normal the next morning. The line was back in operation for 8am.

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