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Inspection Reports on Bridges Don’t Line Up with City Conclusions

February 13th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

WCBC News has obtained the 2017 Annual Inspection Report regarding the Cumberland Street Bridge as well as the Draft Report for the Baltimore Street Bridge, and the documents do not seem to line up with recent conclusions made by the city.

The Draft Report on Baltimore Street Bridge was issued on November 16th, 2017, and says the bridge is in poor condition, but also says it does not need to post weight restrictions, and allows it to remain on a two year inspection schedule, except for the deterioration and settlement at the West Bearings. 

As for Cumberland Street Bridge, the Ballard Report does recommend replacement at a cost of $5,000,000, but also says it could remain in use with existing weight restrictions, if it had inspections every six months.

City Engineer John DiFonzo tells WCBC that the decision to close the bridge was made because CSX refused to make repairs, and it appeared that impasse was not going to change…


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