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Treasure Island bridge woes

Traffic flows over the Treasure Island Causeway bridge in March. Faulty hydraulic cylinders are now causing the drawbridge to get stuck. Its construction was completed in 2006.

LARA CERRI | Times

Traffic flows over the Treasure Island Causeway bridge in March. Faulty hydraulic cylinders are now causing the drawbridge to get stuck. Its construction was completed in 2006.

TREASURE ISLAND — Problems continue with the Treasure Island Causeway bridge as city officials try to determine whether a manufacturer's defect is responsible for the failure of hydraulic cylinders.

The bridge, which was closed to vehicular traffic from 2 to 5 a.m. Friday to begin testing and inspection of the damaged cylinders, failed to close properly Feb. 23 and traffic was held up for hours.

Talks have begun with Eaton Corp., the cylinder manufacturer, about how to resolve the broken seals found on several of the 16 hydraulic cylinders that operate the drawbridge.

"I don't think they (Eaton) are being cooperative," said Jim Murphy, public works director, addressing Treasure Island commissioners. "We need to move forward and prepare to confront Eaton on what we need to do."

Murphy thinks the faulty cylinders on the 7-year-old bridge need to be replaced with a redesigned part. Eaton has said it could repair the existing cylinders for a price. The cost of each cylinder is about $35,000 to $38,000, Murphy said.

When possible, city officials have tried to cut back on the number of times the bridge is open to boat traffic by opening only one side of the span.

The two east-side spans are not being raised unless requested by a boater.

City attorney Maura Kiefer, who also has been in touch with Eaton officials, said there appears to be "a disconnect because they want to put the same part back in and our engineers are recommending against it."

Treasure Island bridge woes 04/20/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 6:08pm]
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