General Setting, Looking Southeast
Photo taken by Burt Levy, August 1989, for HAER
View photos at Library of Congress
BH Photo #120132
While the new bridge lacks the intricate beauty of the trusses, replacing the old lift bridge was the right choice. Growing up, I had many scary memories riding across in a school bus during field trips. I can still remember the tremors and the virtual crawl at which the bus driver crept across. I always had the feeling the driver really would have preferred not to cross the bridge at all. The reason I bring this up is to show that most of us bridge lovers are reasonable folks and to remind all of us that we need to remind state DOTs that we are not in the same obstructionist league as the Sierra Club or the NRDC.
If a bridge truly needs replacing because repairing it would cost more than its replacement, then okay. If a bridge is way beyond its ability to meet public need, then okay.
The Stillwater bridge? Its great that its being preserved, but the traveling public should have been driving on a safer structure long ago.
The US10 bridge across the Rush River being replaced just a few years after getting a score in the 80s as part of a repair of a highway washout 1/4 of a mile from the bridge's location? Someone should be in court for wasting taxdollars!
And now the Eisnehower Bridge? Well, considering how far in bed MnDoT is with Figg (documented destroyer of some of the bridges actually on national historic and enginerring registers) and Figg's one type fits all construction, the folks of Red Wing better get use to giant concrete slabs cutting through their skyline.
Well, this is suppose to be for the Prescott Bridge so I guess I better hop to the other page.