Close up photo of cracks in the taxiway bridge at the Tampa International Airport
Tampa, FL -- When Tampa International Airport had a taxiway bridge built for $6.5-million a few years ago, they were told it would last for 75 years. But just three years later, cracks found on the bridge decks have closed it for safety reasons.
TIA officials are now negotiating with the builder, Hubbard Construction, to fix the problems.
"So what we want is the construction firm [to] come back and make some repairs to the bridge and make it right," airport spokesperson Emily Nipps told 10 News on Thursday.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn agreed that Hubbard needed to make the situation right.
"It should have been done right the first time and I think we will explore every option that we have to make sure it gets done the second time and not at our expense," Buckhorn said.
PHOTOS: Close-ups of the cracks on the bridge
The taxiway bridge was closed in March after an engineering firm hired by the airport took a look at some of the cracks that had developed.
When the taxiway was open, it was used by about 90 planes a day. Nipps says the taxiway bridge prevented planes from having to cross the path of airport ground traffic.
10 News called Hubbard seeking comment, but the Orlando based company did not respond.
"Given how new it is, we feel like while there's not a formal warranty in place. It is a warranty issue and we feel it's their responsibility to fix the bridge," Nipps added.
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