City of Stillwater Heritage Preservation Commission podcast
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The bridge was closed earlier this month and will reopen as a pedestrian crossing in 2019. The lift span is still operating (don't know why), but the area is nice to have with less traffic.
You've got to like any bridge that has a brewery named after it, The brewery features a very nice photo of the bridge, taken from a boat on the river, on its web site: http://liftbridgebrewery.com/
...and the Half Star Bandit strikes again...
Genreally I like the history channel but I knew this show would be a failure, I gave it 5 minutes anyways. When the mayor said that this bridge needed to be replaced because the sufficiency is 32 and when the I-35W bridge collapsed its sufficiency rating was 50. I couldn't stop laughing, there have to be hundreds if not thousands of bridges in his jurisdiction with a rating under 32 which to him means, to him, they going to fall down in the near future.
I thought of a good analogy for his comparison of this bridge and the I-35W bridge. It's like saying my friend died in a freak car accident when he we 32, I have another friend who is 50, this must mean he will die tomorrow.
Yeah, the History program pointed out several flaws of the bridge but failed to ignore the COST of building a new bridge compared to fixing this one.
More crock and yawn from History Channel programming.
Nathan, I saw the Star Tribune article that you reference on your website the day it was published, and they, too, are haters of historic bridges, especially in the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse. The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act is a total crock, and is very similar to the law that brought down the Shanley Road Bridge in Pennsylvania! Even the mayor of Stillwater wants the bridge gone (even though it will spell doom for their tourism industry!)!!
The History Channel is a threat to historic bridges. Despite decent NBI ratings, an upcoming History Channel show will condemn this bridge as on the verge of collapse. I offer a detailed commentary here: http://www.historicbridges.org/info/stillwater.htm