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Makeover for Shaky Bridge

Monday, 3rd September, 2018 10:25am

One of Cork’s most talked about bridges, the shaky one, is one step further towards a total makeover. 
Cork City Council announced this morning that it is undertaking a major programme of repair and restoration works on the city’s iconic Daly's Bridge, the Shaky Bridge, to address extensive corrosion and damage to the heritage structure. 
Rehabilitation and conservation works on the main steel structure of the 50.9 metre suspension bridge will include:
•    Vegetation removal, cleaning and graffiti removal
•    Phased dismantling of the latticed deck for removal off-site for grit-blasting, repair and repainting before reinstatement
•    Removal and replacement of timber decking
Urgent intervention is required to repair the damage at Daly’s Bridge and to provide essential maintenance to improve the durability and longevity of the structure into the future.
Key steel elements of the bridge will be taken down for repair and repainting, including the latticed deck and the original iron railings on the southern ferry boat quay. Dismantling the bridge for repair off-site is considered best practice and has been undertaken successfully on a number of similar bridge schemes across Europe.
If the existing damage is not addressed in the short term, the structural capacity of the bridge will reduce to a point where a considerable load restriction or eventual bridge closure will be required.
The bridge was opened in 1927 to replace an earlier ferry crossing at the same location. Daly's Bridge is the only surviving pedestrian suspension bridge of its type and age in Ireland. 
Cork City Council Senior Engineer, Fergus Gleeson said: “By undertaking the critical repair, conservation and repainting works in the controlled conditions of a factory setting, we will ensure that the people of Cork will enjoy a more durable bridge better able to resist the effects of weather when it is put back in place.
 “Inclement weather conditions during the winter would also prevent this work being carried out on site, as would concerns around site personnel working at height for prolonged periods of time over the river. Working offsite also serves to reduce potential impact on the environment as the likelihood of blast debris entering the river is reduced. In all cases, the cables on the bridge need to be replaced which would necessitate temporary dismantling of the structure.”
Landscaping works are also to be undertaken on the north and south side of the bridge and lighting in the area improved works, which should also help deter anti-social behaviour.
Cork City Council is seeking Part 8 planning permission for the project and is also seeking submissions from the public on the project. 

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