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The Snaky Bridge Is No Longer Snaky

Danny Larson
 

Oh my gosh…the snaky bridge has been uncoiled, stomped, and is lying dead on the ground.  I’m going to miss it.  What about you?  Has anyone considered that bridge as something connected only with Boulder?  As something unique to our peculiar town, and its peculiar people, something special we had that maybe no other berg possessed?  Not only was the bridge a bit unusual but the configuration of the structure increased bike handling skills because of its curvy design.  The bridge probably contributed in some small degree to the large number of semi-capable bike handlers in Colorado. Underpasses in no way can help to build handling skills in the way that this bridge did.

The excuse for the tare down was that the bridge had reached the end of its service life.  Come on y’all…. are you pulling my leg?  How many pot holed concrete bridges are there on Arapaho Ave. that were built in the 1930’s that still see tens of thousand of cars and extra heavy trucks pass every day and are still in service?  I just cannot believe that a little light foot traffic and some 50 pound e-bikes could have worn out The Snaky Bridge.  I’d say we might have some honest to goodness “fake news” right here in the heart of Boulder where fake news is not held in high regard as it is elsewhere. Could there have been enough “frightened” bridge crossers to have had the bridge demolished? No telling.

I didn’t get a chance to see Saturday’s destructive actions. Here are some pictures of where things are today.

The plan:

If you have a drone, what the view will eventually be.
War zones have similarities, but thankfully, no bloodshead here near Foothills Parkway.

Confused cyclist saying: where dat bridge?
I come from the days of the human actuated 10 pound sledge hammer.  I would have given my wisdom teeth for a back hoe mounted pavement breaker like the one below.  Machine operators, however, miss out on soul building work songs like this one I sang a lot by Jimmy Dean before he hit it big selling breakfast sausage.  Get your hammer and go to singing. 



Still on Daylight Saving Time,

D

Arthur Gabriel
 

I was dumbfounded yesterday when I tried to get home that way.
Whoa, where dat bridge? My second thought was; looks like Boulder has found another
way to waste money besides the muni effort.
I’ll miss those tight turns with oncoming bike traffic while trying to modulate my e-bike torque
profile.
SAD

On Nov 3, 2019, at 6:10 PM, Danny Larson <larson.danny@...> wrote:

Oh my gosh…the snaky bridge has been uncoiled, stomped, and is lying dead on the ground.  I’m going to miss it.  What about you?  Has anyone considered that bridge as something connected only with Boulder?  As something unique to our peculiar town, and its peculiar people, something special we had that maybe no other berg possessed?  Not only was the bridge a bit unusual but the configuration of the structure increased bike handling skills because of its curvy design.  The bridge probably contributed in some small degree to the large number of semi-capable bike handlers in Colorado. Underpasses in no way can help to build handling skills in the way that this bridge did.

The excuse for the tare down was that the bridge had reached the end of its service life.  Come on y’all…. are you pulling my leg?  How many pot holed concrete bridges are there on Arapaho Ave. that were built in the 1930’s that still see tens of thousand of cars and extra heavy trucks pass every day and are still in service?  I just cannot believe that a little light foot traffic and some 50 pound e-bikes could have worn out The Snaky Bridge.  I’d say we might have some honest to goodness “fake news” right here in the heart of Boulder where fake news is not held in high regard as it is elsewhere. Could there have been enough “frightened” bridge crossers to have had the bridge demolished? No telling.

I didn’t get a chance to see Saturday’s destructive actions. Here are some pictures of where things are today.

The plan:
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If you have a drone, what the view will eventually be.
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War zones have similarities, but thankfully, no bloodshead here near Foothills Parkway.
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Confused cyclist saying: where dat bridge?
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I come from the days of the human actuated 10 pound sledge hammer.  I would have given my wisdom teeth for a back hoe mounted pavement breaker like the one below.  Machine operators, however, miss out on soul building work songs like this one I sang a lot by Jimmy Dean before he hit it big selling breakfast sausage.  Get your hammer and go to singing. 


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Still on Daylight Saving Time,

D