After being closed for years, demolition has commenced
Citizens rallied to keep this historic bridge from being torn down but it seems there efforts came just a little too late.
Once the plaque bearing the dedication to our areas Vetrans of World War One was removed in a ceremony last Feburary it seemed the writing was on the wall and public momentum was brought to a standstill on the matter.
In what may be a sad sight for many citizens, the heavy machinery has been brought in and the bridge is now being demolished.
Care is being taken to not let any of the debris settle into the beautiful Flint River while runs beneath the historic bridge. Enviromental hazards and potential for hazards have been addressed.
Unfortunatly, it seems the replacement for this bridge will not be anything pleasing to the eye. Initial artist concept artwork that the city released in the proposal was nothing more than a generic structure designed to provide the max life for the least investment. Think interstate overpass.
Albany Uncovered believes it’s a shame that this historic and beautiful piece of the Downtown landscape which you can almost reach out and touch from Turtle Park is going away and being replaced by a ‘generic’ design. With the difficulties our Downtown area is having in trying to draw the public back to this once blighted area, further blights on the landscape should be prevented when at all possible. The loss of this beautiful monument can not help the attempt at gentrification of this area.
photo courtesy of Jessica Jones Photography