Letter: Modern bridge is fairer to taxpayers
Re “Downtown garage in disrepair” (Monitor front page, July 1):
Concord has not had a maintenance plan for its parking garages. Hard to believe no city staff realized the effect of water and salt on steel and concrete. Now a large maintenance bill is due on short notice. Maintenance plans provide for methodical and lower maintenance costs. Any structure the city builds should include projected maintenance costs over a 20- to 50-year period.
The city has another steel structure, built in 1915, that crosses the Merrimack River. It too needs maintenance – a lot of it. Its maintenance costs will be significantly higher than a modern replacement. The people who want to keep this relic should pay those higher costs, not the taxpayers.
THOMAS J. DUFFY