NEWARK — A third failure of a white composite board on the Hudson River Bridge has been identified, and it could result in a longer wait for the bridge to be rebuilt, officials said.
In a press release Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Transportation said it has discovered three different white boards that have failed on the bridge in recent weeks.
The state is calling on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to investigate the board failures, which occurred on Oct. 31.
State officials say that the board is made up of a single piece of metal and is designed to withstand the pressures and forces of the river.
It’s designed to be attached to the span’s concrete trusses, which support the bridge structure.
The DOT says that on Oct 17, a DOT engineer working with engineers from the state and local officials identified one of the boards as failing.
That’s when the engineer went to the bridge and inspected the board and determined that it wasn’t structurally sound, DOT officials said in the release.
The engineer returned to the scene and removed the board, and the bridge was fixed.
The other two boards remain unpatched, and no repairs have been made to them, officials added.
The governor said the bridge has had a “tremendous amount of maintenance work” since it opened in 2012, and DOT officials have called for a complete overhaul of the bridge.