Richmond leaders wait for report on Mayo Bridge

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond city leaders are waiting on final word from inspectors on whether the Mayo and Manchester Canal bridges need to be repaired or replaced.

Just a few weeks ago, inspectors wrapped up a months long inspection of the two bridges. We're told the results of that inspection will be back in the city's hands in a few weeks.

Drew Papa walks over the Mayo Bridge just about every day. "It's not that bad."

But if you take a closer look, you can see why the city had inspectors just wrap up an in depth look at both the Mayo and Manchester Canal bridges. There are parts of the bridge that are crumbling and there's been a water main break earlier this year underneath the bridge.

"We want to take a closer look at these bridges so they need the standards they need to be at," says Sharon North with Richmond Department of Public Works.

The city is waiting to hear back from the inspectors. Once that's back, city leaders will look at the inspectors recommendations and decide what to do. That could mean replacing the bridge, or simply making some repairs.

After the inspections ended, the city met with people like Drew. He hopes the bridge is not completely replaced and for good reason. He co-owns the pizza shop next to the bridge.

"They've closed it [the Mayo Bridge] two times and each time they do that our business is cut in half," says Drew.

But if the bridge does come down. The city will then have to look at plans to help you and the businesses nearby.

"We'll make sure that we'll inconvenience everyone as little as we can. But of course, there will be some inconveniences when you replace a bridge," says North.

Either way, the potential upcoming work here could prove to be costly for not only the city, but Drew and other business owners. "It's whatever they do hopefully they make the right decision," says Drew.

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