Springdale Bridge Reopens After Flood
The 56th Street bridge over Spring Creek in Springdale is reopen after city workers were forced to rip up the surface of the bridge for repair after roaring flood waters Thursday (Aug. 8) morning pushed debris against the bridge.
“It warped it so badly that we have to take the surface of the bridge off and replace it temporarily with a class seven base which is a type of gravel we can compact,” said Sam Goade, Public Works Director in Springdale.
Goade said the department has spent about $10,000 on equipment, time and labor to repair the bridge. The bridge was closed shortly after it went into service last year after flooding warped the surface.
“The water attacks the asphalt and drives debris underneath the asphalt between the concrete culvert and the asphalt surface and shoves it up and warps it and cracks it,” said Goade.
The bridge remained in service at the time, but a five mile-per-hour speed limit was enforced. After Thursday’s rain damaged the asphalt further, Goade said it’s too costly to keep repairing the asphalt so they’ll have to reconsider the design of the bridge to prevent future damage as a result of heavy rains.
“In the long run, this bridge probably does need to be a different type of design whenever growth occurs out in this part of the city,” said Goade, adding that the new bridge design should include concrete rather than asphalt. “Then even when it over topples, we won’t have this issue.”
Goade estimates building a new bridge could carry a price tag of $75,000-$150,000 or more depending on the design.
Werner Glur, who has lived just up the road from the bridge for the past 20 years, said he’s not surprised by the damage because the area is prone to flooding.
“We’re at the bottom of four hills, and once it picks up, it’s going to carry right down there (to the creek),” he said. “Once (the creek) gets full, (the water)’s just all over the place.”