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Breckenridge Hills may close down bridge due to lack of funds

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Isolda Bridge. Credit: KMOV Isolda Bridge. Credit: KMOV

BRECKENRIDGE HILLS (KMOV.com) – Cars creep along a North County bridge in the hopes of sparing their tires and other car damage on a bridge that’s been repeatedly been eroded by flooding.

 A temporary fix of gravel has done little to fix the problem.

“I definitely don’t feel safe, it’s a concern and an eye sore,” said Brittany Garcia who drives the bridge several times a day.

Isolda Bridge is a surprisingly well-traveled stretch for a residential street, it sits off of St. Charles Rock Road.

The bridge has been in dire need of repairs for more than a year. In December 2015, News 4 first did a story on the crumbling bridge.

But the concern over fixing it lies with who’s using it. It sits in the city of Breckenridge Hills but the majority of people who use it live in Woodson Terrace, like Kathy Ralston.

“It kind of throws you when you’re driving, it’s horrible, but it’s convenient. So you take that route anyway because it’s better than going around,” said Ralston, who moved into the neighborhood about a year ago.

In 2015, then Mayor Jack Shrewsbury reached out to Woodson Terrace Mayor Lawrence Besmer to help pay for the repairs.

Besmer told News 4 the city of Woodson Terrace wouldn’t pay for anything unless a study was conducted. But Breckenridge Hills said the study would cost almost as much as the repairs to the bridge and they couldn’t afford it.

There’s a new mayor in Breckenridge Hills, but a similar dilemma.

“We wish we could fix it but more than likely we will have to close it,” said newly elected mayor Mary Aman.

Aman said there are only about six of their residents that live near and use the bridge. She said there are other street repairs, like Sims Avenue that affect many more city residents.

To fix Isolda Bridge could cost up to as much as $32,000. They put down gravel as a temporary fix for the potholes, but most of it has been swept away.

The state did rule it is structurally sound but the city is still worried.

“I personally wouldn’t drive it,” said Mayor Aman. She also said the fire departments and school buses no longer use the route.

A decision on whether to close the bridge for good would have to be made by the city council. Their next meeting is February 22.

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