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What's going on with the Irondequoit Bay Bridge?

Updated: 10/11/2013 5:30 PM
Created: 10/11/2013 10:41 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

Every night thousands of people get home by going over the Irondequoit Bay Bridge. But some drivers are a bit uneasy because of there are two lanes shut down on the bridge.

The right-hand lanes east and west bound are closed because of a problem detected by inspectors over the summer. The Department of Transportation says a close inspection found that some of the crossbeams underneath the bridge went bent at the end. But the change was only the width of a pencil eraser, so the state says drivers should not be concerned.

But people are still nervous when they see the lanes closed and hear why it's happening. The state says eight of the 84 crossbeams underneath the bridge have what it calls “distortions at the end”. In other words, they were slightly bent. The state won't say why it's happened, just that it did. 

News10NBC tracked down people that either drive the bridge or have family that do. They each have their own solutions.   

Donna Hall, Webster, “I like to fly over it now because I'm nervous. I'm uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable with that fact.”

Karen Antonucci, family lives in Webster, said, “I've told them don't take that bridge. Take another route. I don't know. I'm not convinced. They've been working on that bridge for quite a while and I don't know what they're working on in the first place.”

The answer to that goes back several years after the bridge collapse in Minnesota. After that the Bay Bridge was inspected and flagged by the DOT as needing repair. The state used to inspect the Bay Bridge every five years. Now it's every two. The latest one found these problems.



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