Can we save the bridge?
From what I understand, here’s where it gets a little bit complicated. They haven’t decided what kind of bridge they want to build, but in order to build any bridge they will first have to build a causeway to get equipment from one side to the other. Some methods for building the causeway have been discussed that could prevent passage by boats. This means that people rafting, canoeing or kayaking would have to get out and walk their vessels around the causeway.
Basically they are going to spend a bunch of money to build a temporary bridge, to build a permanent bridge, so that they can take down the existing bridge. It seems to me the thing to do is to spend the money fixing the bridge that is already there, which also just so happens to be a beautiful historic bridge.
Viewing an old map, it shows that there are two abandoned roads (one less than a mile, the other less than two miles) heading to the community of Pond Eddy (at least one used to go all the way). One could imagine that one of these roads could be extended to reach Pond Eddy.
After talking more about it with my dad, I started a petition at change.org and I’m going to try to help him and many others organize support to force PennDOT to change its replacement plan. Why not fix the bridge and build a road?
I think that we need to fight to maintain the character and beauty of our area. It’s tough to see how important things like the Pond Eddy Bridge are to the area but they make a monumental difference to the people who drive by everyday as well as the millions of people who have floated beneath it every summer.
Let’s save the bridge.