Monday, April 30, 2018

Snowden Bridge Is Falling Down

Snowden bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down,
Snowden Bridge is falling down,
Why not fix it?

People drive by this old bridge all the time and never see it. Just beyond Overbrook Drive, Snowden Lane crosses over a tributary of Harry's Brook. Beside the bridge is an older bridge no longer used. It has a lovely stone arch that is gradually falling apart. This older bridge could at some point serve as a crossing for a bike/pedestrian trail out Snowden, but even if it weren't used it is a lovely bit of history, and will only obstruct the stream if it falls in.

Two years ago I appealed to the town's engineering department to fix it. There may have been a question as to whether it's the town's bridge or is the homeowner's responsibility (update: town engineering says it's on private property), but since then, another stone of the arch has fallen into the stream. The longer it goes unrepaired, the more expensive the fix.

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