Funding for repairs to Cork’s iconic Shakey Bridge is set to be approved on Monday night, with councillors being asked to vote on the long-planned work at the City Council meeting.
The repair work is expected to cost no more than €1 million and in necessary to combat significant corrosion to the iron latticework and address health and safety concerns have repeatedly been raised in recent years.
City councillor Kieran McCarthy welcomed developments for the bridge, which he described as a Cork landmark.
The bridge, officially named Daly’s Bridge was opened in 1927 and remains the only suspension bridge in Cork City.
“Finally, we have movement in the repair of Daly’s Bridge or the Shakey Bridge, which is not just a crossing but a cultural institution,” Mr McCarthy said.
“It’s infused in the Cork DNA and consistently appears in photographic reviews of the city’s scenery.
“Plus it is embedded innovation in the wider story of the Mardyke”.
A structural assessment was undertaken in December 2016 by RPS Consulting which concluded that significant damage is present with repair needed immediately.
City Council secured the bridge with short-term safety works last year but the latest repairs will see parts of the 50.9-metre bridge dismantled so the deck can be taken off-site for grit blasting, repair and repainting before it is reinstated. The timber decking will also be fully replaced.