Several years ago, a portion of the John Lynch Bridge was plated for safety after a joint in the bridge failed. The full repair to the bridge was then seriously delayed due to authorizations required by the railroad for the City of Lynchburg’s Public Works Department to work over top of the railroad tracks and the availability of materials. Once Public Works received clearance from the railroad, the work was completed.
Shortly afterwards, a joint located further up in the bridge popped loose. This portion of the bridge is now covered by steel plates while the repair work is under design.
Rather than repair one joint at a time, Public Works is currently developing design documents for all the necessary maintenance and repair for the bridge. The project includes replacement of all the bridge joints, recoating the bridge deck and other required maintenance.
It is anticipated that the greater part of these work plans will be received by the end of January; bid the work in June; maintenance and repair work to begin in August or September; project to be completed within a year and a half.
It is important to note that the current plating and signage on the John Lynch Bridge meet Federal transportation safety standards and was also reviewed by the City’s Risk Management Office and deemed to be safe.