The nonsense needs to stop. Two insurance companies need to bite their collective bullets and take responsibility for the problems with the 200 North bridge in Kaysville.
If these insurers don't reach an agreement very soon, they will also have to pay the city's legal fees as well. According to Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt, the city is tired of waiting for the insurers to reach an agreement on what percentage of damages each firm owes. If no arrangement is made in the next couple of months, the city will sue the insurers plus the original contractor, Commuter Rail Contractors.
There is no danger to those who cross the bridge, which was completed in 2008. The problem is with the south side, where a large number of panels have caved in. According to Vic Saunders of the Utah Department of Transportation, the buckling is due to settling of the fill material that is used to support the bridge.
It's sort of a shame that panels, a part of the bridge that is designed with an eye toward aesthetic value, is not meeting standards. Perhaps in the future there should be less emphasis on cosmetic portions. And the area below the buckling has been fenced off, so that there is no danger of individuals having the panels fall on them and cause injury.
Nevertheless, Kaysville has the right to expect competence from all aspects of the bridge's construction. The bridge costs $21 million. Kaysville paid $6 million and federal funds supplied the remainder.
That's a lot of money from taxpayers. For more than three years both insurance companies have been "negotiating" over dividing the repair costs. That's long enough. It's time to pay the bill.
If they can't do so in the next two months, both insurers deserve bills for Kaysville's long wait.