Structural problems at John Marshall High School require immediate attention after an inspection of one of its bridges that connect the main building to the performing arts center and gym.
The bridge that connects the main building to the school's gym is approximately 45-years-old. School officials noticed concrete pieces falling from the underside of the bridge and called in a structural engineer to do an inspection. The inspection determined the bridge needs emergency repair.
Superintendent of Marshall County Schools Fred Renzella said prolonged exposure to the elements caused the problem.
"It is a bridge and it is exposed to all elements of the weather and that causes deterioration," he said.
Eileen Mack, a project engineer with Project and Protection Services, says temporary repairs will be made in time for the up coming school year.
Mack stresses, however, that more extensive repairs will be needed down the road.
"We want to make sure the kids can use it for the up coming school year but after that we are good for about two years with these repairs," said Mack. "A permanent repair is recommended which will be demolition of the existing structure and erecting a new bridge."
Repairs are also needed on the north entrance of the gym. The extent of those repairs has yet to be determined.