LATEST: Cork city bridge reopens to traffic following wall collapse

The bridge had been closed, with no vehicular access to French’s Quay and Barrack Street from South Main Street while the Fire Service was liaising with an engineer to assess the damage.
LATEST: Cork city bridge reopens to traffic following wall collapse

The wall at the car park near South gate Bridge which collapsed in Cork on Saturday. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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Cork’s South Gate Bridge has re-opened to traffic following an earlier closure, after a wall collapse.

The collapse had occurred on the wall adjacent to the north-eastern side of the bridge, at the river side of the Park It Here car park which adjoins South Main Street and the Grand Parade.

The bridge had been closed, with no vehicular access to French’s Quay and Barrack Street from South Main Street while the Fire Service was liaising with an engineer to assess the damage.

The bridge has now reopened, following an engineering assessment.

The wall at the car park near South gate Bridge which collapsed in Cork on Saturday. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
The wall at the car park near South gate Bridge which collapsed in Cork on Saturday. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The pavement on the north-eastern side of the bridge is closed off, with pedestrians asked to use the opposite pavement.

A garda source said a number of cars had been removed from the car park.

Sinn Féin city councillor Mick Nugent said he was glad the bridge had been reopened, but said the damage to the quay wall was worrying.

“This latest collapse illustrates that we urgently need a complete scoping exercise to determine the status of all of our quay walls and bridges."

This is the latest in a number of quay collapses along that stretch of the River Lee.

In February Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy said that a separate portion of damaged quay wall by the South Gate Bridge, on French’s Quay, would need to be repaired urgently ahead of any construction work on the events centre.

Cork City Council was contacted for comment.

EARLIER: Cork’s South Gate Bridge has been closed following a wall collapse.

The collapse occurred on the wall adjacent to the north-eastern side of the bridge, at the river side of the Park It Here car park which adjoins South Main Street and the Grand Parade.

There is no access to French’s Quay and Barrack Street from South Main Street as the Fire Service is liaising with an engineer to assess the damage.

Gardaí have advised that motorists seek alternative routes and said the South Gate Bridge will remain closed until “at least” Monday.

A garda source said a number of cars had been removed from the car park.

Sinn Féin city councillor Mick Nugent said:“This latest collapse illustrates that we urgently need a complete scoping exercise to determine the status of all of our quay walls and bridges." 

This is the latest in a number of quay collapses along that stretch of the River Lee.

In February Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy said that a separate portion of damaged quay wall by the South Gate Bridge would need to be repaired urgently ahead of any construction work on the events centre.

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