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Old 04-10-2008, 10:15 AM
 
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There is a bridge out in Freeport. It was deemed as unsafe by the State and was removed. The bridge is on the Burnett road and connects Flying point with Wolfe’s Neck road. Few people use the road so it being gone isn’t a terrible inconvenience. It should be replaced though as there is a campground near it and an Organic Beef Farm that used the bridge on a daily basis.
Joan Benoit Samuelson ,the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the women’s marathon has made a pledge to help repair the bridge. She lives in Freeport and trained daily on the roads in and around the “Little River’ bridge as it is known locally.
The offer is generous of her to be sure.

There also happens to be a trestle removed by the Maine Central Rail Road sitting on two flat bed trailers IN FREEPORT for sale.
The railroad wants $6000 for the whole trestle.
I, and evidently others, have sent letters and email to the town informing them of the trestle for sale which certainly contains more than enough steel to build a bridge across the Little River.
I was informed by the town that the trestle pieces are too long and too wide by the town engineer to be used at the Little River site.
I have seen the trestle pieces and looked them over my self (we hunt in the area )
Now picture two sides of a trestle laying flat on two flat bed trailers (big ones) How in the world can they be too wide for a bridge when there is nothing in between them?
Too long?? Has the engineer ever heard of a cutting torch? As with most old trestles these pieces have truss super structure above the main beams to stiffen the span and support the loads a train can exert on a bridge. This superstructure would be unnecessary in such a short span across the Little River. It does provide a large amount of steel which could be used to reinforce the span in a number of ways. Deck it over and paint it and Viola’ a bridge whose main component was only $6000!
Do they listen?? NO!
They will hire a study group followed by a focus group and environmental group an engineering group and spent 20 times the six grand the trestle would cost them.
Why ?? Because they’re idiots that’s why!
I’m sure the new bridge will be of native stone….with a tongue and groove deck joined without nails by post and beam joinery. There will be a handsome bronze plaque with a bust of Joan Benoit Samuelson affixed to the south side smiling into the sun.
AND YOU WONDER WHY TAXES ARE SO HIGH!
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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good thoughtful post

Gotta spread it around...
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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"Why ?? Because they’re idiots that’s why!"

Gotta love it.
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Being 'too long' is a problem?

In my mind, a bridge that extends further onto solid ground on either side is a good thing.
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