Saturday, September 10, 2011

News about three bridges... and some misremembered poetry

It looks like President Obama has injected the aging, inadequate Brent Spence bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and northern Kentucky into the jobs/stimulus debate. Here's how The Associated Press reported it.


Meanwhile, the Louisville area has billion-dollar needs of its own, and another problem came up this week.


And how I wish I could be in the Wheeling area Monday when the old bridge at Bridgeport, Ohio, goes into the river.

My last year of college, I had an English class that used a textbook with a poem about that area. I can't remember it exactly, but it went something like this:

For the Ohio River at Wheeling has two shores.
One in heaven
And the other in Bridgeport, Ohio.
And no one would die, only to find beyond death
Bridgeport, Ohio.

I guess somebody really didn't like Bridgeport, Ohio.

Here's one version of the poem that I found online. It's different from what I remembered from those decades ago. Figures.