Costello and Reisinger Secure DOT Commitment to Make Immediate Repairs to VVM Bridge on S Hanover St

Councilman Eric Costello and Councilman Ed Reisinger (10th District) met with the Director of DOT on Feb 26th to discuss the details of DOT’s commitment to repair the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Bridge on S Hanover St and make the road surface safe again. There is a three phase plan which includes the following:

1- IMMEDIATE REPAIRS – the bridge will receive a 2″ layer of rigid asphalt which will be smooth and safe, and should last 2-3 years. This will be laid by no later than end-May 2018, weather permitting (the hope is that it will occur sooner). The entire bridge will be resurfaced, curb-to-curb, with the exception of the draw span. This repair should cost approximately $500,000 and take 7-10 days to complete.

2- MID-TERM REPAIRS – the bridge will undergo an entire “re-decking” with new concrete surface. Work on that will begin in Spring of 2019. This will include removing the new asphalt which is to be installed this spring, structural work beneath the existing concrete deck, and installation of a new concrete deck. These repairs should cost approximately $7-8 million. While it would have been ideal for this work to start immediately, due to the very unique structure of the bridge underneath the deck, significant design work is necessary before actual work may begin, and the design is slated to begin in next two months. We have begun discussions with DOT to ensure this design includes dedicated pedestrian and cycle lanes, although this has not yet been determined.

3- LONG-TERM REPAIRS – the bridge is currently undergoing a US DOT TIGER funded study which is expected to be completed by summer of 2018. Once that study is completed, an environmental impact study will be completed. Several options will be presented as a result of these studies and DOT will then make a determination on how to proceed — there is currently no answer on specific repairs to be made, costs, or time-frames.. Long-term repairs could cost approximately $60-100 million and take 6-9 years.

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