Bridges in area deemed 'structurally deficient'

Published on Friday, 21 September 2018 22:03
Written by LISA BACKUS


HARTFORD - A report released Thursday by a nonprofit research organization indicates that Central Connecticut had five state or municipally owned bridges that are considered “structurally deficient” in 2017.

The report issued by TRIP, The Road Information Program, placed bridges in New Britain, Bristol and Southington, on the list of 25 in Hartford County with low inspection scores. In all, TRIP announced Thursday that 300 bridges throughout Connecticut were considered “structurally deficient.”

In order for a bridge to be designated as “structurally deficient,” the structure must receive a score of 4 or lower out of a score of 9 in at least one of three categories: The deck, the superstructure or the substructure.

Two bridges in Bristol, the Mellen Street bridge and the bridge on Memorial Boulevard, both scored in the structurally deficient range, according to TRIPS’s report. The bridges are city-owned and on the list for rehabilitation or replacement, city officials said.

The two bridges in New Britain, the Route 71 bridge near Herald Square known as the Harry S. Truman Overpass, and a bridge on West Main Street near the Pan Am Southern Railroad track were deemed “structurally deficient” as was the bridge on Spring Street in Southington.

The two New Britain bridges are state owned and have been either replaced or repaired since the information on deficient bridges was gathered in 2017.

The Spring Street bridge is slated for replacement and is in the design phase, said Southington Director of Public Works Keith Hayden.

The determination of whether a bridge is “structurally deficient” was made by state Department of Transportation officials as part of their inspection process.

The state owns 4,017 brides and also inspects municipally owned bridges. TRIP examined the inspection information gathered by the DOT and given to federal authorities to compile a list of Connecticut’s “structurally deficient” bridges.

The designation doesn’t mean that the bridges aren’t safe for travel, said Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, Associate Director of Research and Communication for TRIP, one of the authors of the report.

“These bridges are scheduled for maintenance, closed or posted for lower (weight) vehicles,”she said.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News, Southington Herald on Friday, 21 September 2018 22:03. Updated: Friday, 21 September 2018 22:06.