It was getting a little too shaky for modern safety standards.
Cork’s iconic Daly’s Bridge (Shaky Bridge) is about to undergo a major repair and restoration to address “extensive corrosion and damage” to the heritage structure.
Daly’s Bridge, which opened in 1927, is unique in Ireland as the only surviving pedestrian suspension bridge of its type and age.
According to Cork City Council, 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.
“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”. explains Cork City Council Senior Engineer, Fergus Gleeson.
“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.
A spokesperson told Yay Cork: “It’s hoped that tenders will be awarded by the end of the year and work will start within weeks. The restored bridge will re-open mid summer next year.”