Placentia mayor unhappy with bridge repair timeline

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The province says this lift bridge in Placentia won’t be fully repaired until later this summer. — Transcontinental Media file photo

Repairs on a weakened lift bridge in Placentia are not going to be finished until late July or early August, says the town’s mayor.

Bill Hogan said the town received an update Tuesday from the province on the work, and prefabrication is taking place away from the site.

“We’re very unhappy with it. It was supposed to be finished by the end of June,” Hogan said.

“We have a very busy summer here with all the festivities we have going on. The heavy stuff starts (today) and to have the bridge interfering with that when we were promised it wouldn’t, it’s procrastination of the worst kind with that crowd.”

The Sir Ambrose Shea lift bridge, built in 1961, has a 13,000-kilogram weight restriction in place, which will remain for the duration of the construction work.

Once completed, the bridge capacity will be restored to 25,000 kilograms for tandem vehicles and 37,000 kilograms for combination vehicles.

Hogan said the bridge is central to the town and is crucial to transportation around the area.

In May, the provincial government awarded a $1.7-million contract for the work.

A previous plan to replace the bridge was scrapped when the only tender came in at nearly double the province’s $24-million estimate for the project.

With the two prices so out of whack, the province decided to extend the life of the current bridge and seek a redesign with a plainer look.

Hogan said he hopes the repairs will extend the life of the bridge for four to six years and a new tender for replacement will be called later this summer.

The weight restriction was placed on the structure in late February.

 

Video surveillance camera installed

 

The measures were a result of a structural evaluation by the Department of Transportation and Works.

However, when the bridge was inspected in 2011, its overall condition was described as fair,  with a reinspection to be done in one year.

But the bridge inspector noted the report was unchanged from 2004 and ’07, except it  was tentatively scheduled to be replaced in 2011.

That did not happen.

Although the overall condition was fair, the substructure was found to be in poor condition, including severe corrosion to the sheet pile ice walls surrounding the piers and very severe disintegration to ends of both piers.

Other problems noted included numerous cracks, spalling, erosion and severe rutting.

This spring, the department installed a 24-hour video surveillance camera capable of licence plate recognition to enforce the weight restriction.

Look for The Weekend Telegram, which will include a special report on the state of more than 700 bridges across the province.

 

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Organizations: Department of Transportation and Works.However, The Weekend Telegram

Geographic location: Placentia

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  • BM
    June 21, 2012 - 13:59

    His description of the site on The Morning Show today was the kind of language we've heard from the Mayor of CBS....like "shithouse". Do mayors have their own instructional manuels to enhance their usual bullshit?

  • NES MARTIN
    June 21, 2012 - 12:55

    WHAT DID BILL HOGAN DO WHEN HE WAS A LIBERAL???HE IS ALL TALK AND NO ACTION. THE LIBERALS DID NOT FIX SCHOOLS,OR ANYTHING WHILE THEY WERE IN. GIVE ME A BREAK WIND BAG. FROM NES IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

  • old rusty
    June 21, 2012 - 11:41

    Although the overall condition was fair, the substructure was found to be in poor condition, including severe corrosion to the sheet pile ice walls surrounding the piers and very severe disintegration to ends of both piers. Other problems noted included numerous cracks, spalling, erosion and severe rutting. and to think that school buses full of children were premitted to cross this old rusty bridge on a twice daily basis. seems to me that someone is being negligent

  • Red
    June 21, 2012 - 11:14

    Where is Mr. Collins? It's in his district, yet we haven't heard a peep about it in the media from him... Too busy with damage control from the Access to Information fiasco!

  • If you build it...
    June 21, 2012 - 09:37

    If you're foolish enough to believe that a bridge promised in an election year is going to match the one delivered a year later...

  • craig
    June 21, 2012 - 07:17

    Where is Mr. transportation? Ooops, Mr. Hedderson? Maybe he is stranded on the belle Island ferry halfway across the tickle? This is typical of the PC government....... make promises, say things are going to get done, pound your chest about all the great things you are about to do for taxpayers, say the ink is almost dry on your plans and then......... take a ferry ride on any of our provincial ferrys so you can dissapear for 234334587654344 days or so.