Public works manager Larry Abenante is keeping a watchful eye on the Old Trail Bridge fencing

Public works manager Larry Abenante is keeping a watchful eye on the Old Trail Bridge fencing

City reinforces security on closed bridge

Some resident haven’t given up on using the Old Trail Bridge if recent security reports are any indication.

Some resident haven’t given up on using the Old Trail Bridge if recent security reports are any indication.

The city reinforced the fence that blocks pedestrians and vehicles from using the closed crossing last week after access was gained on a few occasions, according to public works manager Larry Abenante.

“Since the bridge has been closed we put a gate system on either end to not allow access but we’ve found on two occasions now that somebody has either cut the lock to gain access or the last time they actually cut a hole in the chain link fencing,” he explained, noting that reinforcement bars and barbwire fencing should deter future use.

“It’s just to keep people off the bridge because it’s a liability.”

The 100-year-old structure closed permanently in the fall of 2010  when a routine inspection determined that the structure had deteriorated to a point where it was no longer safe for traffic.