January 3, 2013
The City of Charlottesville ranked worst in the state in terms of bridge conditions, with eighteen bridges deemed structurally deficient.
"We are running out of money in Virginia for maintenance of roads and construction of roads," says Delegate David Toscano. "Until we find a dedicated source of revenue these problems are going to persist for years into the future."
One of the largest bridges in need of repair is on the Route 250 Bypass, near McIntire Park. Twenty-nine thousand cars pass over it each day.
The bridge over Jefferson Park Avenue, near the UVa Medical Center, is also deemed deficient. Thirteen thousand cars pass under it each day.
"There are bridges in need of work," says VDOT Spokesperson Stacy Londrey. "They are not unsafe or in need of replacements right now but small repairs can be made or posted for a smaller weigh limit to make sure the vehicles crossing them are safe at all times. As funds are available we prioritize which bridges are worked on and replaced."
VDOT has identified three much smaller bridges to begin work on; Broomly Road and Dick Woods Road in Ivy, and Black Cat Road in Keswick. All are in urgent need of repairs, but until more funds are available the rest of these bridges will have to wait.
"Just because a bridge is structurally deficient doesn't mean it's going to collapse," says Toscano. "But at the same time, if you don't maintain what you have, it eventually is going to decay and we'll have much greater expense in replacing it."
Most of the money used for bridge repair comes from the state's transportation trust, which is funded by the gas tax..
For a look at the full report, and to check conditions on bridges near you, go to http://t4america.org/resources/bridges/#?latlng=38.0292733,-78.47671969999999&bridge_id=