I mention today’s “afternoon read” article mostly because I got a real chuckle out of the headline: “Ogdensburg bridge in good shape, but needs $100 million in repairs.” That’s from the Watertown Daily Times today.
So, our car died yesterday and we had it towed to the place that services it. A couple hours later, we were a couple hundred dollars lighter in the wallet than we had been, but our car was in fine working order once again. I can’t imagine how I would have felt had the mechanic come out from “the back” and said, “well, it’s in pretty good shape, but it does need $100 million in repairs.”
The bridge in question is the Ogdensburg-Prescott international bridge, and for all I know hearing that the bridge only needed $100 million spent on it was a gigantic relief to the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA).
Apparently a recent inspection revealed the bridge to be in “satisfactory to good condition”, but with some repairs needed including repainting, fixing steel that’s been “cracked by fatigue”, and an in-depth inspection of the bridge’s main cables and suspenders. That last one alone will cost about $900,000, with a possible total expense of $5 million.
OBPA Executive Director Wade Davis said the repairs will be funded through a “mosaic” of state and federal grants the organization is seeking, and that the project will take place over the next several years.