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]