The Spanish architect, building engineer ETH and artist Santiago Calatrava designed the 250 m long and 25 m wide River in Dublin.
The bridge can be turned for ship passages. The 5,000-tons-heavy rope bridge structure was not built in Dublin, but near Rotterdam, and transported to Ireland by ship. The entire rope structure was installed and tensed by Inauen-Schätti AG. Six 70 m long ropes with a diameter of 145 mm and 25 ropes (60 mm diameter) with a length of 4 to 70 m have been installed and pre-tensioned for transport. The bridge was re-tensioned on site, the covering installed and soon traffic was running across the new work.