A Memorial Bridge too far

Too bad about the Memorial Bridge, what a shame. I didn’t see that coming, since the toll fare was raised not too awful long ago, from $5 to $8 for a big book of tickets. I was misled into thinking that was going to take care of maintenance forever. I remember when that was announced about the increase in tolls, you could still buy the $5 book and those tickets would be honored after the price increase took effect. Well, that bridge was and still is a straight shot from my home to the other side of the river, and I use it twice a day, sometimes more. So every time I crossed I would buy $50, $100 worth of tickets. When the price increase did take effect, I had over $1,000 worth of tickets in my glove box and console.

My boss thought I was nuts but I looked at it as an investment and those tickets lasted almost 2 years. It’s too bad because city council finally got it right when they chose the most recent company to resurface the pavement. It’s the smoothest ride ever! It’s almost like a super speedway.

So thank you, city council or whomever chose that resurfacing contractor. Thumbs up!

But the pot holes in this town are horrendous. They’re not little holes, they’re always the big ones that jolt you right out of your seat. They are axle-breaking monsters that always keep me replacing ball joints and other suspension components.

So “thumbs down” on that one, city council, you can’t seem to get a handle on street maintenance.

Jeff Hamilton

Parkersburg

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