Monday, February 11, 2013

Two rivers, two bridges

Last week, while my daughter was in labor, the Big Four railroad bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville opened to pedestrian traffic, although it's a dead-end walk until spring, when the Indiana approach will be finished. The plan now is to find the money to get down to Louisville for a day trip this summer and walk the bridge.


A week or two ago I missed the opportunity to watch an important part of the demolition of a bridge on the Kanawha River. The state is dismantling the old, scary bridge over the Kanawha between Nitro and St. Albans. But I went out of the way and stopped by there tonight on the way home to see how the remains of the bridge looked against the evening sky.

The new bridge will be of a simpler design. I hope it has a good sidewalk for watching towboats, although it seems to me that traffic on the Kanawha is down lately. Maybe it's just the times when I'm out looking, but that's how it seems to me.