Letter: Building bridges that last
Official: Remove, replace the Sewalls Falls Bridge (Monitor front page, Jan. 4):
City Engineer Ed Roberge recommends taking out the Sewalls Falls Bridge (which I agree with) and replacing it with a bridge that (per Phil Donovan of the heritage commission) “100 years from now will be looked at the same way we look at this bridge.”
Have either of these gentlemen looked at any of the bridges built by the state in the past 20-30 years? A lot of these are on the “watch” list and won’t make it to 50 years, much less 100 years. Perhaps a return to the old-style techniques and designs combined with newer materials available would make it feasible for a bridge to last 100 years. I am sure there are better protective coatings available than the cheap paint now being used to protect the steel .The state is being penny-wise but pound foolish in its coatings. Better maintenance wouldn’t hurt either.