Local Bridge Inspections

POSTED BY: News Department
Monday, June 18, 2001 - 02:48 PM
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Some local bridges were getting an annual check-up today. Each year, the state of Ohio examines all of its 1,060 bridges checking for things like general deterioration, rusting and concrete disintegration. One of the bridges being inspected was one on state route 83. Workers are concerned with rusting side beams. Albert Abel, bridge specialist said there would need to be repairs on the beams, but there is no danger on the bridge. To help examine the bridges, workers use a truck called a “snooper.” The Snooper uses a bucket to lower the workers down below the bridge, so they can inspect every angle. Also, to check the foundation of the bridge, the state uses water divers, but foundation is only checked every five years. Abel said a brand new bridge would last about 50 years without needing major repairs. This bridge was built in 1936, and with repairs over the years and current plans for more repairs, Abel said it would last another 30 years.

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