Tuesday, July 1, 2008
PennDOT says a forensic analysis of the Birmingham Bridge has confirmed what caused the bridge's 8-inch drop on February 8th. The report showed that the shift was the result of several small events rather than one major event. Spokesman Jim Struzzi says PennDOT was aware of these small events and their effect on the bridge, but did not have the money to resolve them. Some of the smaller events include corrosion and debris within the rocker-bearing system. Struzzi also says that the shift is an isolated incident and that other bridges are safe. Repairs to the Birmingham Bridge will continue as planned.