I had a closer look this afternoon. The underlying structure of the bridge looks sound, though of course it needs a proper survey. The decking however is in dreadful shape - not only are there two sheets of plywood covering what presumably are distorted grid panels in the vehicle area (a sure indication that the bridge is being used by vehicles far heavier than it was designed to carry) but so have three panels on the badly corroded eastern footway been replaced by plywood. I wonder who by?
There is a general air of corrosion on all surfaces of the decking, including all parts of the grid that bears vehicles and the western footway. I would say all panels of the eastern footway need to be replaced immediately, as do several of the grid panels that support vehicles. The rest of the bridge should be cleaned, rust-proofed and painted, and then the structure should be closely inspected say every three months. I am absolutely CERTAIN enough money has been collected to cover all of this this work, though I am equally sure that that money has been spirited away.
I wonder whether the Mayor counts the bridge as another of her "resounding successes"?