This weekend will see the full closure of St Patrick’s Bridge to allow for road resurfacing works to be carried out.
The bridge will be closed from 7pm on Friday, November 9 until 6am on Monday, November 12.
The work is part of a restoration project that is aiming to upgrade three of Cork’s most important heritage bridges.
Funding was approved for repairs to St Patrick’s Bridge, the Shakey Bridge (Daly’s Bridge), and St Vincent’s Bridge. The latter links the North Mall to Bachelor’s Quay near the Mercy Hospital.
The work on the Patrick’s Bridge upgrade which began in February is estimated to cost €1.2m. The contract for the works on the bridge was awarded to Cumnor Construction Ltd.
Already work has been done to remove all vegetation and algae from the stonework, as well as the repair and replacement of damaged or missing sections of the stonework.
Work will also include upgrading footpaths and kerbstones, the replacement of traffic signals, the repainting of pedestrian railing barriers, waterproofing the reinforced concrete slab, and the addition of new lighting.
The four existing lamp columns on the bridge were removed and an additional four light standards were sent to Italy for restoration by Italian lighting restoration specialists, Neri.
In recent days, the 12 lamps have been installed on the bridge, with new lantern heads and LED fittings.
Cork City Council, in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), appointed SSE Airtricity to oversee the restoration project.
The project is funded by TII and Cork City Council.
Work is also ongoing on St Vincent’s Bridge since October. Up to €180,000 is being spent on this upgrade, which includes critical maintenance works as well as cleaning the bridge and putting in structural improvements.
The lower sections of the bridge are also to be painted and new public lighting installed on the northern side of the bridge in the direction of Sunday’s Well.