Living in a rural waterfront area can be the best of both worlds -- not only do you have a picturesque view and the ability to set out on your kayak just about whenever you'd like, but you can do so without dodging the massive crowds and traffic that often come part and parcel with the most popular beaches and riverfront areas.
However, your rural location can pose some disadvantages when it comes time to make repairs or improvements to your property. In many areas, cash-strapped cities and towns have ceded control of narrow roadways and small bridges to nearby property owners. While this can provide you with even more privacy, it can also mean hefty repair bills when these roads and bridges fall into disrepair. Sometimes, it may be more cost-effective to construct an entirely new bridge rather than repairing the current one. Read on to learn more about the bridge-building process to determine whether repair or replacement is a better option for you.
What will you need to consider when deciding whether to repair a current bridge or build a new one?
This can be a multi-faceted decision that often depends on factors specific to your own piece of property (as well as lifestyle and financial considerations). A few things you'll want to consider are:
- Your housing plans
If you're certain your current home is your "forever home," it can make much more sense to construct a bridge that serves your exact purposes both now and in the future. On the other hand, if you're planning to sell within the next couple of years, you may want to put off bridge repair indefinitely or perform only those repairs that are needed to keep it in good condition until you're ready to sell.
- Environmental issues
If your piece of waterfront is slated for upstream development in the near future, the landscape could change dramatically. You may want to investigate what construction is being planned nearby before you decide whether to repair your bridge or build a newer and larger one.
Where should you begin?
Even if you have an impressive amount of construction or demolition experience, this isn't a project that should be embarked upon without some professional assistance. Designing a bridge or repairing a current bridge can involve some complex calculations, and something as simple as a transposed decimal place could have potentially disastrous consequences. You may want to ask your neighbors with similarly-sized bridges who they used for design and construction or even contact a nearby city or county planning official. For help with your project, contact a company that specializes in drilling and blasting for bridge projects.