Faulty Cranford bridge causing flooding fears among officials, residents

(03/08/05) CRANFORD ? Some officials and residents in Cranford fear a faulty bridge may lead to more flooding in the town.

Construction company Schoor DePalma admits they built a bridge on Eastman Street 10 inches too low. The height difference is important, because the bridge is built over a river that is known for flooding. Representatives at Schoor DePalma say they now plan on jacking the bridge up to its proper elevation.

However, some residents and officials in Cranford say it may be better to knock the structure down and start over. Town Commissioner Scott Mease says the bridge will still cause flooding even after it is fixed. According to Mease, the bridge?s design restricts the river?s water flow by approximately 45 percent.

Officials at Schoor DePalma say their computer models have shown flooding will not be problem.

 

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