20 Years Overdue For Inspection: Are The Bridges In Century Safe?
February 12, 2017
NorthEscambia.com has learned that town-maintained bridges in Century have not been inspected in years… at least one since 1995…about 22 years ago.
State law mandates that most bridges be inspected at least every two years.
Bridges are then classified as being safe, or as “functionally obsolete” or “structurally deficient”.
“Functionally obsolete” means that the bridge design is outdated. For example, narrow shoulders, narrow lanes, or older traffic barriers can induce the functionally obsolete classification. Functionally obsolete bridges are scheduled for replacement or rehabilitation as budgets permit.
“Structurally deficient” bridges are recommended for repair, or scheduled for replacement; meanwhile, they are posted as necessary for load, or closed.
Century Mayor Henry Hawkins says the town is working to hire a bridge inspection company or seven town-maintained bridges.
Pictured: A culvert aNorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.