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Keeping the shake

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:44pm

The Shaky Bridge will still shake after its makeover, just not as much!

A city council spokesperson said that Daly’s Bridge will still have its shaky characteristic when its fully restored and repaired.

“It’ll be structurally sound and still have a slight shake,” they said.

The assurance came amid the council announcing that it is undertaking a major programme of repair and restoration works on iconic city bridge to address extensive corrosion and damage to the heritage structure.

Should permission be granted, 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 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.

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.”

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