Buildup under bridge should be removed: area resident

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Buildup under bridge should be removed: area resident

BELMONT - Russell Lynds gazes across the buildup of trees and brush under a bridge over the Belmont River near his home and shakes his head.
"It's been there all summer ... (since) the last two high waters we had," he said, of the large trees, broken branches and alders that choke off almost half of the waterway under the bridge.
"Isn't that good for an ice jam? If it stays this way all winter, now, wouldn't you be afraid of an ice jam removing the bridge?
"I'm no authority or anything,"
he continued. "I do know it's a good ice catcher."
One tree, which appears to be at least 9 metres (20 ft.) in length with a massive root structure still attached, is jammed in tight against the bottom of the bridge. Other trees and branches are intertwined and meshed to the point that the buildup has remained intact despite periods of extremely deep and fast-running water. And Lynds is convinced it will only get worse until the mess is removed by humans.
He also wonders why the debris has been allowed to collect under the bridge for as long as it has. That is especially puzzling when he looks at a section of fresh planking that has been constructed on the bridge, which he believes must have been laid while the buildup existed.
"It should be taken care of. It's
not the best bridge in the world," he said, in reference to the structure's age and deteriorated appearance on its underside.
The Belmont resident also believes portions of the waterway should also be dredged to help ease the flooding conditions that arise each year.
"I'm no engineer or anything but common sense says it should go down (by) three or four feet. Look at that island," he said, pointing to a high spot in the centre of the river.
An area representative for the transportation department could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Geographic location: Belmont River

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  • Dawn
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Technically it is the Chiganois River (although alot of people refer to it as the Belmont River)....Also the concrete is breaking away on that same side of the bridge and you can see the posts right down through to the ground. I'm sure this buildup of tree and root debris is not helping that situation either. (The only thing about dredging the river is ...... what about the next person that ends up launching their car into the river....they might not be able to get out.)

  • Ronald
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I'm over that bridge a couple of times every day and it looks ok. Why didn't the TDN writer wait and talk to the highways department to see if it was safe or if and when they need to clean the trees out of there. I don't think Russell knows too much about bridges so why are we reading about his opinion. There is probably better news in Belmont than this foolish story.

  • Dingle
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    If there was nobody around when that tree fell, did it make a sound?

  • Lisa
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Obviously some people have never seen what ice can do when not allowed to move freely down a river. I don't understand why some are so ticked about this story. The man is just giving his opinion on something he is concerned about in his community.The last time I checked, this newspaper has reports on news people felt were important in the community and wanted others to be aware of it also.If you think this story is not important then go out and find your own story to have printed and the rest of us will let you know if we think it is worthy of reporting on!!

  • over
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Actually his common sense approach is closer than you think .Bridges are not designed to with
    stand a great deal of lateral force , Think of a 2 x 4 on its edge , push down on it its strong ; push on it sideways its not , particularly at midspan . The build up under the bridge will put a lot of lateral stress on the structure with heavy rains and floods .

  • Larry
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Must be a slow news day! It doesn't look like much of a blockage to me. Even with this camera angle it looks like the water is running and there is no blockage. As Mr Lynds says, he is no engineer. Why didn't Mr Sullivan wait and speak to an engineer, is the bridge in danger of falling in because of this stump? How many people, other than Mr Lynds, will remember this story in a month?