The city’s Public Works department was preparing to restore the bridge’s abutments and complete ongoing renovations, but municipal engineers have now detected carbonation in its reinforced concrete piers.
The cement has become porous over time and rainwater is beginning to filter through to the embedded steel, explained Public Works councillor Jordi Martinez.
“We are not worried about the stability of the bridge because this is not like aluminosis and can be treated,” Martinez stressed.
“But, as with the balustrades earlier, we shall have to remove the rust that is affecting the metal structure.”
The Public Works department is preparing an estimate to decide whether the municipal budget can complete the necessary repairs in one phase or if these will need to be carried out in stages.
The bridge, which is the principal access to Alcoy’s Old Quarter, is 245 metres long and stands 45.5 metres above the River Riquer at its highest point.
It was built between 1925 and 1931 and is regarded as one of the Valencian Community’s most outstanding examples of Art Deco architecture.
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