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News10NBC investigates concrete falling from bridges

Berkeley Brean
Updated: September 20, 2019 08:20 AM
Created: September 19, 2019 06:34 PM

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC is investigating a concern brought to us by a viewer. It is about some of the 600 bridges in Monroe County.

In the latest state bridge inspection report, 50 of them are listed as in "poor status." News10NBC went under one bridge where concrete is falling to the ground.

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It's the Jefferson Road bridge over West Henrietta Road near Marketplace Mall in Henrietta. There are all kinds of debris from the bridge down on the ground.

Thursday morning, I contacted the state DOT about this story and guess who showed up the same day we did?

One of its inspection and repair crews. 

In a statement this afternoon, DOT Region 4 spokesman Jordan Guerrein said the Jefferson Road bridge was inspected earlier this year but "out of an abundance of caution, we are sending crews to investigate the concrete in question."

"If you called them they're probably checking it out," George Turrell said. 

Turrell is the viewer who called me. Thursday afternoon, we walked to the bridge that he has to drive under to get to work and home. We found chunks of concrete surrounding the bridge pillars, some as big as a football. 

"There are pretty large pieces coming off here, looks like coming off there," Turrell said pointing up to the top of the pillars. "If this fell on someone, they'd be seriously hurt."

The state DOT updated its bridge inspection report on Aug.31. It lists 600 bridges in Monroe County

Click on the links below to read the report and find the bridges you drive on or under in: 

Genesee County

Livingston County

Monroe County

Ontario County

Orleans County

Wayne County

Yates County

Fifty of the bridges in Monroe County are considered to be in "poor status."

Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "And if you go to the page that has this bridge, (Jefferson Road), it says that it is not in poor status."

George Turrell, Henrietta: "Well I think it's definitely in need of repair. It shouldn't have concrete falling from the underside."

At 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, I got this statement from the state DOT.

"Safety is our top priority and the State Department of Transportation has an aggressive bridge inspection program that requires bridges to be inspected at least once every two years by licensed professional engineers. The Route 252 (Jefferson Rd) Bridge over West Henrietta Road was inspected earlier this year, and no safety concerns were raised as a result of that inspection. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sending crews to investigate the concrete in question, however we want to reassure the traveling public that the bridge is completely safe for travel."


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