KAYSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – It was only built four years ago, but already there are big problems with the bridge over 200 North in Kaysville.
The $21 million dollar bridge crosses over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. It was finished in June 2008, but shortly thereafter the concrete panels on the façade started caving in.
Crystal Gammon just moved into her home about a year ago. Her front yard butts right up to the bridge on 200 north. "You look at that and they're collapsing,” said Gammon. “That has to be some kind of structural fault."
But the Utah Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the project, says the bridge is structurally sound. It’s just the panels that are moving not the bridge itself. The panels sit off of the actual bridge by about 18 inches and are secured to the rebar underneath, but when the ground started to settle the panels started to move.
UDOT Spokesperson Vic Saunders said, "We don't believe its shoddy workmanship or anything bad, it's just with earth and fill structure you tend to get ground settling and with the bridge there's been more than we anticipated."
UDOT has been working closely with the city of Kaysville to get the problem fixed, but the mayor says it’s not happening quickly enough.
Mayor Steve Hiatt said, "When you spend $22 million dollars to build an overpass and it starts having the exterior panels buckling everybody, the tax payers, residents, city officials, it doesn't feel good and that's what got us fired up in the first place."
UDOT says it has to wait until the bridge is done completely settling before repairs can begin, but before that it has to be decided who’s going to pay for it. Mayor Hiatt says if a decision isn’t made soon the city is considering taking legal action against both insurance companies - Arrowpoint Capital and Zurich American Insurance, and the contractor – Commuter Rail Contractors.
Mayor Hiatt said, "I miss the good old fashioned days when people did the right thing and the contractor came back and said ‘Hey you paid top dollar for this. This isn’t your fault. Let us come in and make it right.’ Unfortunately that didn’t happen.”