The Vermont Agency of Transportation considers the chunk of concrete that fell on a woman’s vehicle last Friday morning to be an unpredictable event.
This comes after I uncovered an inspection report of the westbound I-189 bridge over Farrell Street from last June that called the bridge a problem.
The inspection crews said quote “The deck fascias need reconstruction before any loose concrete becomes a problem and starts detaching over the road”
Although they didn’t return our immediate request for comment VTrans was able to provide a statement Monday, saying that the bridge was rated quote “in overall satisfactory conditions” back in June.
They go on to say quote “The inspection team noted the heavy fascia deterioration and potential for loose concrete to detach becoming a problem. While this type of deterioration is not unique, being over a travel way presents more of a concern and is something which is and has been monitored by inspection and district maintenance personnel. Unfortunately when and where a pop out or pothole will occur is unpredictable.”
Further investigations of the inspection from bridges around the state show that deteriorating fascias aren’t uncommon.
In fact, of the 31 bridges in South Burlington, 5 of the bridges inspection reports noted some sort of deteriorating fascia in need of replacement.