Funding approved for Shakey Bridge repairs

Funding approved for Shakey Bridge repairs
Kids jumping jumping from the Shakey Bridge. Picture: Jim Coughlan

More than €1 million has been allocated to the rehabilitation projects on two bridges in Cork city, it has been revealed.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, yesterday announced details of a €483 million investment programme for 2019 for regional and local roads.

The plan included an allocation of €11m nationally for bridge rehabilitation works, including €1,025,000 for the Shakey (Daly) Pedestrian Bridge (€550,000) and St Vincent's Bridge (€475,000).

Vital repair works started in October last year on St Vincent’s Bridge, which links North Mall to Bachelor’s Quay, close to the Mercy University Hospital.

The next phase will see an extensive refurbishment, including improvements to its surface, funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Funding of €1m for major repairs to Cork’s iconic Shakey Bridge was approved by Cork City Council in November last year.

The repair work is necessary to combat significant corrosion to the iron latticework and to address health-and-safety concerns that have repeatedly been raised.

More than €58 million in funding has been allocated to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Cork city and county.

Cork County Council will receive €50,465,240 and Cork City Council will receive €8,288,800 in funding.

Overall funding for roads will increase by about 16% this year, according to the government.

This increase in funding should allow approximately 2,400km of regional and local roads to be maintained and 2,150km to be strengthened in 2019.

“2019 will see a further significant increase in grant funding for regional and local roads, which I’m delighted to see,” said Cork Senator Colm Burke (FG).

“I know this funding will greatly assist in the repairs and ensure our road network in Cork is of the highest standard.”

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