The state authorities should pay practically $84,000 in authorized charges for a gaggle preventing to save lots of the getting older bridge connecting Brunswick and Topsham.
That comes because the Maine Division of Transportation strikes nearer to demolishing the Frank J. Wooden Bridge and constructing a brand new one spanning the Androscoggin River.
The Friday ruling from U.S. District Courtroom Choose Lance Walker discovered not all of the arguments from the Maine Division of Transportation had been justified, and his order covers practically 70 p.c of the Mates of Frank J. Wooden Bridge’s authorized charges, in accordance with The Occasions File.
That conclusion was primarily based partially by a January ruling within the 1st Circuit Courtroom of Appeals in Boston that discovered the state company and the Federal Freeway Administration had not discounted future upkeep prices in present greenback equivalents, the newspaper reported.
The Maine Division of Transportation has argued it’s justified in demolishing the Frank J. Wooden Bridge as a result of the prices of renovation exceed these of constructing a brand new bridge. It estimated that rehabilitating and sustaining the bridge over a 75-year span would price as much as $35 million, whereas constructing and sustaining a brand new bridge would price as much as $17.3 million over a 100-year span.
These prices are doubtless increased now on account of rising metal and labor prices.
The courtroom instructed the company to work with the Federal Freeway Administration to additional justify its price evaluation or affirm that the upper price of repairs discovered utilizing a distinct methodology was important.
The bridge, inbuilt 1932, has been deteriorating lately, with a September inspection discovering elements of the Frank J. Wooden Bridge cracking, extreme part loss, rusting and corrosion.
Its situation has prompted new weight limits prohibiting business automobiles, faculty buses and hearth vans from crossing the span.
For the reason that state introduced in 2017 that it’ll substitute the getting older bridge, the Mates of Frank J. Wooden Bridge has launched a authorized battle to maintain it standing. The group hopes Friday’s choice will revive efforts to cease the bridge’s destruction, in accordance with The Occasions File.