Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A Bridge Too Far
Before the discussion at last night's informal Common Council meeting turned on historic preservation, Alderman "Cappy" Pierro (Fifth Ward) reported that his son had stepped through a hole in the Ferry Street Bridge on his way to the waterfront after the Flag Day Parade. Given the condition of the bridge and the difficulty in getting CSX to fix it, Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward) mused, "Maybe we need to take it," presumably by eminent domain. Common Council President Don Moore commented that "if CSX gives it to us or we take it . . . we need to find a source of money" to repair or replace the bridge. When Alderman Chris Wagoner (Third Ward) asked if the City could fine CSX for allowing the bridge to fall into disrepair, Pierro warned, "They'll shut it down if we hassle them. If you push 'em, the state will shut the bridge down." Moore expressed his intention to talk with Bill Roehr of The Grant Writers (TGW Consulting Group) about setting up a meeting with CSX.