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City Chiefs OK’d to Act

Benwood, bridge owner, demo co. had until Tuesday to submit plans

July 10, 2013

BENWOOD — City Council authorized three officials to act “in the best interest of the city” when they travel to Columbus next week for a mediation session regarding the old Bellaire Toll Bridge....

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Jul-13-13 10:46 AM

Why when WVa owns the river would they go to an Ohio city to get this ironed out? When a bridge is built across the river Wva pays for all but the ramps and abutments on the Ohio side and where are they getting all the fracking water? If drawn from the river WVa ought to get paid for it.We should be keeping the answers to this problem "in house" and not be going to Ohio who has nothing invested in this issue for they just have a small section to worry about, the ramps are already gone

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Jul-10-13 10:57 PM

They are probably confused with pounds! LOL

The important thing is the bridge is an eye sore that buttwood needs to stay out of the way.....

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Jul-10-13 9:08 PM

DyingOV, I acknowledge your quote, but 7 million tons is 14,000,000,000 pounds = 14 BILLION POUNDS????

The bridge would have been in the water from day 1!

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Jul-10-13 8:40 PM

richard rangar cranium, Cantilever bridge spans required a lot of structural steel.

"J.E. Greiner and Company and was completed on December 22, 1926, connecting Bellaire, Ohio to Benwood, West Virginia.

Taking a total of eighteen months to construct,the bridge over the Ohio River cost $1.5 million. Over seven million tons of structural steel were utilized in the construction of the span, and the deck included provisions for streetcars, although they were never put into operation."

That bridge with a total length over 1,200 feet would never have lasted a week with 5,000-6,000 tons of steel. Your numbers would result in 5-6 pounds of steel per foot....You have no clue about what you are babbling!

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Jul-10-13 6:06 PM


The best reports are that there is between 5,000 and 6,000 tons of structural steel in the Bellaire Bridge.

At today's prepared steel price of roughly $375 per ton, that amounts to $2,250,000.

Of course, you have to actually tear the bridge down, load the steel, truck it or barge it to a scrap yard, cut it and prepare it, load it again, ship it to a mill and sell it.

Could YOU do all that, and still make a profit, on $2.25 million worth of steel?

If there were 7 million tons of steel in the bridge, Buttwood would have bought it! That would be $2 billion worth of steel!

You really need to know what you are talking about before you post....

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Jul-10-13 12:53 PM

"City Council authorized three officials to act in the best interest of the city"

The envelope please......

And the 'winners' are: Curly, Larry and Moe!

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Jul-10-13 10:16 AM

"That's our revenue money. We have to keep these businesses operating. Council doesn't feel that's too much to ask."

BAHAHAHA!!! Everyone in the valley knows that Benwoods primary source of revenue is through BS traffic tickets. Come on now, you're not fooling anyone. No wonder Longwell is such an important figure in the community. If I were a young officer, I'd split ASAP also. Who wants to spend an entire career writing traffic citations for 57 in a 55?

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Jul-10-13 9:55 AM

Send the police chief walking across the bridge tethered from a heavy duty crane and surely the bridge will crumble with each step he takes. Is there no salad bar in Benwood? Do the people in Bellaire know there are other exits from that pitiful relic of decay?

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Jul-10-13 9:28 AM

Y only give them 3 months to tear it down. You want Quality its takes time. Heck its been there all this time, its not going to hurt now. As for the bond thing, that's a joke. Benwood tear down whats on your side and keep that money for scrap. And let them do the rest. As for officials heading to this meeting, Benwood send someone else

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Jul-10-13 9:12 AM

ragner,our politicians all went to college and we see how good of a job they do so what are you saying?

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Jul-10-13 6:58 AM

rangar, The Bellaire Bridge has 7 MILLION tons of structural steel! Look-up the scrap price of steel and then report back with your "not worth much" comment!

If we were sure to get a permit from the city, state and feds this would be a good investment.....

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Jul-10-13 5:56 AM

Bring back bags of money, boyz!

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Jul-10-13 5:54 AM

Any bond or cash should be in the custody of a neutral third party. The contractor knows that handing $500k to Buttwood and/or their crony attorney friend will result in the loss of that money.

How do they intend to maintain truck traffic to the industrial park while the bridge demo is going on?

The contractor must have gotten into the business after the brown paper bag went the way of the dodo bird, else he would know that the crisp Bejamins would have secured him the demo permit lickety-split.

What the contractor SHOULD do is make a gift of the bridge to Buttwood. This way, they can dump the responsibility on Buttwood and still possibly get a tax write-off based on the scrap value of the bridge (which is really not that much).

Why is a guy who never went to college in charge of law enforcement, engineering, economic development, building inspection, public safety, public relations and contract negotiations? These things are above his ability.

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Jul-10-13 4:14 AM

Of course Longwell will go.

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Jul-10-13 3:55 AM

I agree 100% with a bond to insure any damages and clean up will be and can be done promptly. However..i think the bond should lie in the control of the judge over seeing the case. that way nobody can cry foul when it's all over.

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