Hancock’s Windy Row bridge red listed at recent inspection

  • The bridge on Windy Row in Hancock over the spillway for Halfmoon Pond is closed following the results of a recent inspection. Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • The bridge on Windy Row in Hancock over the spillway for Halfmoon Pond is closed following the results of a recent inspection. Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • The bridge on Windy Row in Hancock over the spillway for Halfmoon Pond is closed following the results of a recent inspection. Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • The bridge on Windy Row in Hancock over the spillway for Halfmoon Pond is closed following the results of a recent inspection. Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • The bridge on Windy Row in Hancock over the spillway for Halfmoon Pond is closed following the results of a recent inspection. Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • The bridge on Windy Row in Hancock over the spillway for Halfmoon Pond is closed following the results of a recent inspection. Sept. 10, 2020. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/11/2020 9:30:37 AM
Modified: 9/11/2020 9:30:24 AM

The Windy Row Bridge in Hancock closed on Wednesday after a DOT inspection red listed it, and DPW Director Tyler Howe said it will stay closed until the town acquires barricades and signage to whittle traffic down to a single lane.

The 224-foot bridge spans the spillway of the MacDowell Reservoir on Windy Row, near the junction with Vatcher Road. The rating came as a surprise, Howe said, after a regularly scheduled inspection on Aug. 27.  A red rating refers to any bridge in poor, serious, failing, or closed condition, according to a NH DOT report. The superstructure of the Windy Row bridge was rated as poor, the deck and substructure as fair. As of March this year, there were 243 municipally owned bridges red listed throughout the state. The Main Street bridge in Peterborough was listed as in serious condition at its July 8, 2019 inspection, according to the report.

“In the whole scheme of things, the bridge needs a full replacement,” Howe said. It was built in 1949, and since then its handrails have been maintained and the deck has been resealed a few times, he said. The inspection report detailed several instances of deteriorated conditions on various parts of the bridge, most notably several “through-holes” on the west side of the bridge and deteriorated steel due to salt water flow. “As a result of the web perforations at the west side location, there is no remaining safe calculated live load capacity for this bridge in its current two-lane configuration,” the report read.

Howe said he hopes to eventually fund the Windy Row Bridge’s overhaul via NH DOT Bridge Aid, which also bolstered Peterborough’s Main Street Bridge project in an arrangement where municipalities pay 20 percent of the project cost and state and federal funds cover the rest. The program is booked a couple years out, he said. 

In the NH DOT inspection report, the agency recommended reducing bridge traffic to a single lane or to close it until the town can move forward wtih replacement or rehabilitation, Howe said. When the new materials are in place, traffic over the bridge will be one lane alternating with a 30 ton limit, he wrote in an announcement on Thursday. 




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