Division of Transportation Director Scott M. Gilbertson stated that Staff's primary duty is to the public safety and welfare; noted that there are monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual inspections; and asked PBS&J Transportation Design Program Manager Amir Kangari, P.E. to provide the Board with details of the structural conditions of the bridge and the importance of expediting this issue.
reported that certain spans of Structure A are on the watch list; and noted that, from a safety standpoint, Span A can be used, but there is an urgency to replace it as the mechanisms of failure detected in Structure B are also present in Structure A. Commissioner Albion asked whether there was any evidence that improper maintenance or operation had reduced the life of the bridge.Mr. Kangari
stated that state-of-the-art methods were used to maintain the structures, that the initial quality of construction was low, and that the location of the structures low to the water subjects them more to the corrosion process.Mr. Kangari replied to questions from Commissioner Coy regarding the poor quality construction and proximity to the water as factors in the deterioration of the bridge, and stated that Spans B and C currently under design will be approximately four feet higher than the existing profile.
noted that any early signs of deterioration or safety risks would be brought to the Board's attention for immediate action.In response to Commissioner Albion's question, Mr. Kangari
confirmed that he
has been charged with the task to ensure that the public's safety is a priority, and that he
would not take unreasonable risks; and noted that he
has received full support from Staff.