The City of Thunder Bay had an open house showing the choices that the consulting firm has come up with for replacing the pedestrian bridge over the Current River at Trowbridge Falls campground.
Evidently, 50 years of neglect (sound familiar?) by the people we pay to not neglect things, has produced a bridge that the engineering firm hired to evaluate the structure deemed structurally unsafe.
Of course, a structurally unsafe rating is the kiss of death for said building. The City of Thunder Bay ain’t in the repair game. They is in the tear it down and replacement game.
So what is wrong with the bridge that is still standing and is still being used by people, despite the City of Thunder Bay’s efforts to stop them?
That is kind of technical and I got the info second hand but I believe it has something to do with an abutment or something and wood being rotten but it matters not. The bridge MUST be replaced. It is far cheaper to replace it than repair it. Oh, and rip the old one down too. Not sure anyone is counting that expense but I am assuming the old one will be torn down.
Evidently, in Thunder Bay, bridges, just like televisions, radios, cellphones and Ipods, are disposable. You build them. You use them. You throw them out.
So I wonder just how can demolishing the old bridge and constructing a new bridge cost less than fixing the old bridge? I believe you would need to replace a lot of the old bridge before replacement would become cheaper. No?
What is interesting is the new bridge is going to be built in another location. Downstream. Could this be the real reason for building a new bridge? Could it have more to do with the adjoining campground than structural integrity? Hmmm. If only we could know the truth.
The City of Thunder Bay always harps about not having money, yet, there is lots of money for consultants and new bridges.
Personally, I believe this whole Trowbridge Falls bridge replacement is just like the Centennial Botanical Conservatory glass falling incident. A big steaming pile of BS.
Money for contractors and consultants. Its all about money for contractors and consultants. Safety is not an issue because the City of Thunder Bay does not appear to give a damn about public safety. Honestly.
Its all about spending money building things whether we need to or not.