This update from County Supervisor Patricia Jursick’s November newsletter:
Many of you have continued to ask questions about the current work on the Hoan Bridge so here is the latest update. I spoke with Paul Trombino of the DOT and got this report:
DOT did an “end-up” inspection, a thorough examination of the bridge from one end to the other including taking a thermogram to determine which areas of the road surface need attention. DOT also did nondestructive steel inspections and reviewed the condition of the parapets. A contractor is placing netting under the bridge above Summerfest and Jones Island. Crews are also doing extensive repairs on the road surface including removing and replacing cement and rebar if needed. Road repair is expected to last another three to five years, according to Mr. Trombino.
While I am pleased some maintenance is taking place, we must not become complacent. DOT must still plan to perform a major re-decking which means total removal of the road deck with a complete replacement of all rebar and cement along with any other needed repair and painting of the structure. During current deck repair work, DOT will do the engineering study to determine the actual cost of re-decking.
This report will be issued sometime in January 2011. We must then find the political will to get the funding for our bridge. I have been in contact with Representative Gwen Moore’s office on several occasions to keep her office informed of this need.