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November 20, 2012 - 12:21pm

Photos: The decaying state of the Bethany Center Road bridge

posted by Howard B. Owens in Bethany, infrastructure.

In light of Highway Superintendent Tim Hens' statement to the county legislature yesterday that the state (using federal funds) has no immediate plans to replace the Bethany Center Road bridge over Route 20, I drove out there this morning to get some up-close pictures of the actual state of the bridge. Some readers may never get out there and may never see it.

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Did you see a date on the bridge anywhere, Howard?

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I didn't look, but I believe it was built in 1932.

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Great shots! I love the school buss passing under the bridge pic , perfect.

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Ahh again with the bridges. I'll tell you what its going to take to get some of these bridges fixed, someone is going to have to die, or be seriously injured in a collapse before it becomes a priority. The pictures that Howard took clearly show the bridge in extremely poor condition. I bet whoever is in charge of keeping up on this type of thing is pretty sore that there are pictures for all to see. "We have no plans for the Bethany center bridge" Hahah, well you better make some plans....

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Thanks, Ron.

It's probably going to take more than just The Batavian publishing a few pictures to get the DOT off the dime, Christopher. Like phone calls and letters.

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The concrete in the second to last picture looks so corroded and porous as to be almost friable. The sorry condition of the infrastructure is a ticking time bomb, and in a county poised for healthy growth in the manufacturing sector and the trucks and trains that go along with that...

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