by Irene Barna
The Pulp Mill Bridge reopened Friday, August 23. I had stopped by in early August and
spoke with Contractor Paul Ide and his co-worker. Both were quite disgruntled that they couldn't
proceed until the necessary repairs were completed because much more work needs to be
&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;This kind of inconvenience to people can lead to hostility which could turn opinions against the value of the historic bridge when it is part of the traffic infrastructure when put up against the convenience of getting from point A to point B. Most don't understand the longevity of a wooden bridge vs. other materials. I spoke with people who, in their frustrations with traffic delays, "Want it moved someplace else".
&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;Unfortunately, Pulp Mill Bridge becomes the scapegoat for the fact that it is one of only two places to cross Otter Creek in this county seat- college community bisected by the Creek. 182 years old and it still takes a lot of traffic.
&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;&nsbsp;Poor, valiant bridge. I traveled it yesterday. In evidence are some new timbers and some new decking at the Middlebury end and traffic. Lots of traffic!
This file posted September 18, 2002