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Healdsburg's bridge

  • 3/23/2010: B1:

    PC: Mark Weaver of Conerstone Structural Engineering Group located in Fresno, prepares to take measurements of the precise locations of connecting pins in the Healdsburg Bridge, Thursday Mar. 18, 2010 (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2010

EDITOR: Maybe I just don't get it. The state will spend up to $13 million to "upgrade" the Healdsburg Memorial Bridge, which I would think means to make it better than it is or ever was, but now Healdsburg will have to come up with $200,000 to $300,000 per year for maintenance ("State, feds approve bridge restoration," Monday).

This bridge is more than 80 years old and probably hasn't had $300,000 of "maintenance" since it was built. But after Caltrans is done "upgrading" it, the bridge will suddenly require $300,000 per year to maintain? Remember these are the people who contracted with the Chinese to build the new Bay Bridge, a $1.2 billion contract to a company that is not even in the United States.

I can see it now. There will have to be a new Memorial Bridge Maintenance Department, which will require an office plus a supervisor, a supervisor's assistant, bridge engineer, state bridge maintenance coordinator and a secretary plus a large pickup with MBMD painted on the side. This cost will probably run at least $250,00 per year, and then a couple buckets of paint and one guy with a brush to apply it. He will probably make $35,000 per year, or less, and do all of the real work.

Isn't government great.

REX SCHIMMER

Fulton


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