All Things Maine
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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Penobscot Narrows Bridgewalk

The new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory was opened today for a "bridgewalk." Locals will probably end up calling it the "Verona Island Bridge," as they did its predecessor.
When he hears the structure called the Verona Island Bridge, Zimri Bridges, 74, of Verona Island likes to think they are talking about his family, which helped populate the island.

Now that the bridge a few miles from his house is being completed, Zim is anxiously awaiting the dedication. "My father worked on the first bridge. He dumped the first load of concrete right in the middle of the river. They started in the middle on planks, then worked towards the shore.

"My cousin Georgia was at the dedication of the original bridge. She is now 85 and she hopes to make the dedication of this one. She is in good shape. She still drives every day. They ought to take her across first, riding in a Cadillac," Zim said. [Link]


At 10:34 AM, October 16, 2006, Blogger Wisdom Weasel said...

Those of us who hail from or have family in the Ellsworth/Bar Harbor area call it the "Bucksport Bridge". I wonder if northbound bridge traffic has other names for it?

At 8:24 PM, October 16, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

I think I preferred the days when bridges came by their names naturally. Names that come out of committees seem never to satisfy anyone.


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