By DAVID GREEN
Fayette’s Eagle Street bridge passed a recent safety inspection, but the engineering firm did recommend a change needed for the guard rails.
Village administrator Steve Blue told village council members Nov. 13 that an inspection by Northwest Consultants of Toledo found the bridge to be in good structural condition, but recommended replacement of the guard rails.
Inspectors rated the structure as satisfactory overall, but noted there is now some exposed rebar. The approach pavement is cracked and rutted, the report said, and the rail shows some areas with “advanced section loss.”
The inspectors concluded that the rails are not reinforced and noted that they don’t meet current design standards for safety.
“There is no approach guardrail to protect motorists from the blunt end of the bridge rail, and the creek itself.”
Blue said that council might want to consider replacing the concrete rails with a modern steel guard rail, but he will speak with the inspectors to obtain further information.
The 27-foot bridge was constructed in 1937 and, despite its age, wrote the inspector, should serve the community for many more years.
CRUISER—The Chevy police cruiser, now on its third engine, is back in service, said police chief Jason Simon. Although the engine is new, the car has been driven 112,000 miles, said the chief, and he suggested that council think about replacing it. The two previous engines were both replaced through warranty.
OFFICE—Former tax administrator Dee Lawrence and her replacement Genna Biddix are both at work in the village office. Lawrence, who is training Biddix, noted that income tax records are in need of a lot of work.
VALVE—One leaking water line valve was replaced by village workers without the need to cut water to the TRW plant. Village foreman Jeff Merillat hopes that will be the case with the remaining two, also.
SEWER PROJECT—The combined sewer project is nearing an end, Blue said, and a walk-through will be scheduled to inspect the work. At that time a list of needed repairs and clean-up issues will be made to present to the contractor.
The village has one year starting in January to ask Gleason Construction to return for additional work. Blue said he knows there are several problems with sidewalk work.
In addition, Merillat said, stone is needed at the edge of new pavement in many areas rather than soil. Without stone, he said, the pavement will break along the edge.
“That’s what the walk-through is for,” Blue said.