Rutland may yet push aside that old "London Bridge is Falling Down" nursery rhyme. A new city report reveals that 10 of the city's 28 bridges are in serious danger of falling down-literally.
Last week, the city's Department of Public Works reported that a list of in-city bridges are at "high risk of complete failure". The list included dangerous and storm culverts , too. Considering the DPW's report, on a day when dismal weather dumped more snow on the city, the reaction of resident taxpayers has been-well-numb.
Commissioner Alan Shelvey reported that the most critical spans are the Ripley Street, Forest Street, and Dorr Drive bridges. Fortunately, this trio will be replaced soon under the Vermont Bridge Program. However, 10 of the city's 28 bridges and storm culverts have also been placed on a new watch list by Rutland DPW.
"High risk" bridges abound in the city-they include the Church Street, Grove Street and the West Street bridges. These spans appear to be at higher risk for failure in the next five years.
The target spans and several culverts were placed on a schedule that starts in 2011 and ends in 2025.
Shelvey said the West Street Bridge's decking needed to be replaced. The span's abutments and steel structure were deemed strong. The substructure, piers, and decking of the River Street Bridge could also face closure if not repaired soon.
The Lincoln Avenue' Bridge above Tenney Brook has already shows evidence of failure. The Park Street Bridge across Mussey Brook is also on the high-risk watch list Funds to repair the bridges will ultimately be paid by the taxpayers.