Huguenot Bridge is Reopened to all Traffic
The Huguenot Bridge is back in business this morning, after state inspectors gave it a clean bill of health over the weekend. Charles Fishburne reports.
The bridge was reopened yesterday, after engineers completed the final inspection and determined it was safe enough to carry its normal capacity. It had some emergency repair work done last month, and the weight capacity reduced to three tons.
Martin: I did what I felt was the prudent thing, lowered the capacity.
Richmond District Bridge Engineer Gary Martin told us last week that he would restore the normal capacity if the inspection went well, and it apparently did.
Martin: Everybody should be absolutely assured that the bridge is safe, that I will not raise the weight limit back to what it was previously until we're absolutely sure.
And engineers promise to watch it carefully until its replacement can be completed, which Martin says is at least 18 months away.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News
“Normal capacity” means trucks and buses can once again cross the 61-year old bridge, which has been officially categorized as deficient, but not dangerous.