- 1 -To: Transportation Commission membersFrom: Steve TimmerDate: October 28, 2013Members of the Commission:Last Thursday at the Transportation Commission meeting, the proposal to raise the bridge deck on 54
was discussed. Few people, me included, have heretofore focused on theconsequences
of doing that, although I’m told
some mention of it as an “option” was made
by thedesigners earlier. It escaped me.This proposal would put a massive structure
(especially if it’s
a roman arch bridge of the type shown tothe Commission) over the creek, a genuine blot on the little creek valley between Minnehaha andBrookview Avenues. It would tower over the area.I was curious to see what such a bridge might look like, so my neighbor Mark Epple and I went out with acouple of yardsticks to see. These are photographs we made.Because the scene was seriously backlit, it is difficult to tell in this photo, but Mark is standing on thebridge deck with the yardsticks, one on top of their other, representing the three foot deck raising andan approximation of a knee wall on the bridge deck. A knee wall would probably be
than threefeet tall. But the photo does provide a sense of scale and shows where Mark is on the bridge.