AN online petition has been set up in a bid to reopen the Shakey bridge, which was due to be back up-and-running in April after refurbishment.
Work on the pedestrian bridge, which is also known as Daly’s Bridge, commenced in August 2019, following lobbying from councillor Kieran McCarthy and was due to finish in April this year.
However, after some delays, the expected date of completion is now December 2020 as some critical elements of the planned work has yet to be completed.
“It is a vital bike and pedestrian route for commuters and young families, and it provides the only viable route for the elderly in the Sunday's Well area to access a bus connection. It also offers access to Fitzgerald's Park which is a much relied upon public green space for young and old alike.
“For many people, the absence of this route doubles their journey to work or school and forces cyclists and pedestrians to take longer routes,” states the petition.
For councillor McCarthy, his efforts in lobbying for the refurbishment of the historic bridge will not be completed until it is open for public access. From speaking to people in the area, the “much-loved” Shakey Bridge has been missed.
“People like looping around there on their walk-in Fitzgerald's Park- it’s probably one of the most-walked recreational areas I’d say in the city... it’s a much-loved bridge,” said Mr McCarthy.
“I know that there’s a lot of frustration and fair play to the person who set up the petition to get it re-opened but that just shows the public’s frustration,” he said.
The Shakey Bridge is the only surviving suspension bridge of its type, but the work “had to be done”, according to Mr McCarthy.