Belmont Bridge: Replace or Repair?

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

July 7, 2014

Charlottesville City Council postponed a decision on a design replacement for the Belmont Bridge because it might not need to be replaced.

Council took the item off their regular Monday night meeting's agenda.

Councilor Bob Fenwick says they have never found a record stating that the bridge needs to be replaced.

"We have never found the piece of paper that says the bridge has to be replaced," said Fenwick before Monday night's meeting.

He feels that the bridge could get by on repairs instead and put the savings towards other needed projects.

"I've been in construction a long time. I'm an engineer, a contractor. Anybody, even going up there and looking underneath the bridge, the basics are still there. It would be quicker to repair it. If we did that and had money left over, we could turn our attention to the other six structurally deficient bridges in the city."

He added he wants to make sure going with repairs instead of a replacement will not jeopardize any of the money VDOT has earmarked for the Belmont Bridge replacement.

Fenwick said the repairs could include some additions, possibly by adding wings to increase the bridge's width.

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