Hazard #39523

22 Sep 2010 - 13:38AddedReporter
23 Sep 2010 - 12:07ReportedCTC
24 Sep 2010 - 10:15CommentReporterWhile cycling across the bridge my rear wheel dropped into a longitudinal gap between two of the decking timbers. I use 28C tyres, which are narrower that anything on an MTB but wider than those on a regular road bike - so this could be a commonly experienced hazard. If it had been my front wheel that had fallen into this gap I could have been thrown over the handlebars or even the parapet of the bridge, so this is a very serious matter. My impression is there was something irregular about the shape of the decking timbers (rather than being normal straight sawn timber) so this defect could be a "design feature".
12 Oct 2010 - 13:39CommentHighway authority[23 September 2010] The bridge is being re -decked this week
31 Aug 2011 - 13:42CommentReporterLast weekend was the first opportunity to visit the site since reporting the defect in the bridge decking a year ago. Indeed the HA's communication was reliable and the original dangerous decking has been replaced with normal "timber decking" laid cross-wise and incorporating 2 non-skid strips per plank - in all as it should have been in the first place!
31 Aug 2011 - 13:44FixedReporter
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