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Corrosion of steel truss footbridge

Report ID: 774 Published: 23 May 2022 Region: CROSS-UK

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Severe corrosion was found in a steel truss footbridge during a planned examination.  

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  • Regular inspections and maintenance can help keep a structure safe before it deteriorates and requires costly repairs
  • Inspections should be carried out by suitably qualified and experienced personnel

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During the planned examination of a steel truss footbridge, severe corrosion was found in the diagonal tubular members where they met the bottom chords. The bridge, which was already planned for renewal, was immediately closed to the public. Similar defects had been found on the bridge approximately 18 months earlier, which had been repaired at the time for the remaining life of the bridge.

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