The Bridges of Jefferson County (10/1/09)
Let's talk bridges.
But not the two big ones that may -- or may never -- be built across the Ohio some day. I want to talk about the tiny one that USED to carry traffic over Harrods Creek until its dilapidated condition caused it to be closed for safety reasons.
You'd think the solution would be clear - fix the bridge, make it big enough to handle one lane in each direction and then move on to bigger things. But apparently, as far as the River Fields organization is concerned, no progress is too small to oppose.
What kind of world do we live in where a handful of nostalgic purists can effectively stand in the way of literally thousands of commuters who want nothing more than to get from point A to point B by the most logical and convenient route? This is ridiculous.
As one of our editorial board members said the other day, "Sometimes you just have to say ‘Silly is silly.'" Well, this silliness has become a major headache for thousands of people. River Fields either needs to quickly recognize this and step aside or they must be forcefully elbowed out of the way.
The Harrods Creek Bridge should have been fixed long ago and widened to carry two lanes of traffic. People who have nothing better to do than wish for a return to the 1950s have the right to disagree. But they don't have the right to bring the rest of the world to a screeching halt.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.