|The Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, NH, erected in 1923 to honor those who served in World War I.|
Where does your eye go when you look at this? (Feel free to click to enlarge it to humongous.)
Everywhere all at once and nowhere in particular?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
That was my intent.
Look at this mess!
On the far left is what remains of the footing for the middle span of what was once a truss drawbridge over the Piscataqua River. To the far right, it's still possible to see the mostly intact northern-most span. It will soon head down the river, out to sea, and join the southern and middle spans in Quincy, Massachusetts (or thereabouts) where it will fetch a tidy sum as scrap metal.
This was completely avoidable.
The Great State of New Hampshire and this Great Country's Department of Transportation were ready to put up the bucks necessary to repair this historic and much-needed bridge. Sadly, the legislature in Maine: The Way Life Should Be (and seldom is), was not. Had they agreed to pay their share to renovate way back in 2009, the picture above would look a bit different. Sure there would be equipment everydamnwhere but one of the region's historic structures would still be intact—undergoing repairs to make it viable for another 80-100 years.
|July 2011: the final inspection to determine if this piece of history would be repaired or torn apart.|
Caught this with my phone while waiting to cross over to Maine. Little did I know this would be the last time.
There were three bridges connecting NH to Maine. Studies have proven that all three are necessary to accommodate the heavy traffic this tourist mecca endures.
Now there are two.
More studies have shown that the next drawbridge up the line—The Mildred Long Bridge—will need repair fairly soon to remain safe. I wonder what Maine's legislature will do this time?
Tomorrow's prompt is: Waiting. Since we've all waited for something, this should be a snap, right? RIGHT?