May 24, 2012 —
Up until last week, the replacement of the Pond Eddy Bridge seemed like an unstoppable juggernaut, regardless of the absurdity of replacing a historic landmark connecting a tiny rural hamlet to a settlement of a couple of dozen people with a $10-12 million, 40-ton structure suitable for an urban artery. Read more…
Release Memorial Wreath from
Veterans Bridge on Armed Forces Day
POND EDDY – The Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge are launching a major campaign to save the historic Pond Eddy Bridge on Saturday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the site of the historic structure. Representatives from many of the organizations joining in the effort will be present.
Scheduled speakers include: NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Town of Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz, Highland Supervisor Andrew Boyar, Sullivan County Historian John Conway, Ramsey Adams from Catskill Mountainkeeper, Richard Plunz of Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge and Glenn Pontier of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway.
Named the All Veterans Memorial Bridge by former Lumberland Supervisor Tom Hill, Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge will also drop a memorial wreath into the Delaware as part of the campaign. May 19th is Armed Forces Day – and the release of a wreath is a traditional method of honoring veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is also calling on PennDOT officials to halt plans to replace the bridge and has posted a video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQaJIlCjTYk.
Other organizations and individuals that have already announced their opposition to replacing the All Veterans Memorial Bridge include: US Representative for the 22nd Congressional District Maurice D. Hinchey, Town of Tusten Supervisor Carol Wingert, Sullivan-Wawarsing REAP Zone, and Troy Bystrom of the Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition.
NYS Senator from the 42nd District John J. Bonacic has requested a meeting of DOT staff at the regional and Albany offices, as well as interested local officials to review the matter. “A four-million dollar investment for New York State for such a limited use bridge is hard to justify,” he said.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Bridge Foundation have also objected to replacement of the historic bridge and declined to sign a Memorandum of Agreement to do so. The Preservation League of New York State, Preservation Pennsylvania and Pike County Preservation Trust have raised similar concerns about the project.
The bridge is an extremely rare example of a multi-span pin-connected petit highway truss bridge. It is noteworthy for its high level of historic integrity with few and minimal modifications. Original stone abutments and lattice railings remain on the bridge.
SAVE THE BRIDGE – SAVE THE MONEY – SAVE THE RIVER
There will be an organizing meeting to “Save the Pond Eddy Bridge” on Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lumberland Town Hall, Glen Spey. Several organizations and individuals are planning to attend.
Three items on the agenda:
· Discuss next step strategies
· Plan for “Rally on the Pond Eddy Bridge” – Saturday, May 19th
Please pass the word.
Sign the petition to “Save the Pond Eddy Bridge” and then spread the word on your Facebook page.
May 22, 2012 —
Transportation officials have been saying for years that the only possible course of action regarding the Pond Eddy Bridge is to tear down the old one and put up a new one. But a growing number of people are rejecting that assertion.
Delaware Riverkeeper video Pond Eddy Bridge replacement problems …
This video examines the opposition to plans by Pennsylvania Transportation officials to build a new bridge in the upper section of the Delaware River.