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.