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Work to start on iconic city bridge

Friday, 22nd June, 2018 10:19am

A €1.2 million facelift is to begin on one of Cork's most well-known and iconic bridges next week. 

The repair and rehabilitation work on St Patrick’s Bridge is all set to start with an under bridge crane unit - one of three in the country - already in place. 

This will be used to clean, repoint and repair the stonework on the 19th century heritage bridge over the next six-seven weeks.

The new Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn said: "We are all delighted that this restoration work is taking place and that such care is being taken to stay true to the design ideals of this bridge which opened in 1861 and is a key part of the city's built heritage."

The works, being carried out by Cork City Council in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, will have minimal impact on pedestrian and traffic movement, according to the council.The makeover will be completed in October while specialist repair and restoration work is continuing in Italy on four of the bridge’s lamp columns.

As part of the overall works, the bridge’s footpaths and carriageway surfacing are to be replaced and new road markings put in place. Existing traffic lights, elevation and architectural lighting and directional signage will also be upgraded. 

St Patrick’s Bridge spans the northern channel of the River Lee from St Patrick’s Street on the south to Bridge Street on the north.

This road bridge has three elliptical ashlar limestone arches with carved keystones of St Patrick, St Bridget, Neptune and the three sea goddesses, carved limestone balustrades and V-shaped cut waters to the upstream and downstream elevations.

Opened in 1861, the structure is included in the Record of Protected Structures and is listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.


Other works

Critical maintenance work is due to start on 9 July on another of the city’s heritage bridges, St Vincent’s Bridge which connects the North Mall and Sunday’s Well to the junction of Bachelor’s Quay and Grenville Place. As part of these works, lighting on the bridge will also be improved.

Meanwhile, vital refurbishment works will begin on Daly’s Bridge, also known as the Shakey Bridge in November to repair extensive corrosion and damage.

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