Monday, December 8, 2008

My World #8

This is the eighth posting for the My World meme . It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar,Sandy, Wren, Louise and myself. Last week there were 97 people showing their worlds to us. Won't you join in, I want to see where you live and thrive. Here is part of 'My World'.

I decided to show some of the bridges across the Cuyahoga River. You have to have bridges when you live in a community which was built on the banks of a river. This is the Middlebury Avenue bridge which is the most downstream bridge in Kent. It was actual closed on December 1 and will be replaced in 180 days. This was the way to get to Tallmadge and Akron. This will be the last capture of this bridge in this condition.
The bridge is narrow and is a close drive as you pass others on the bridge. I once wreck my car on the bridge in icy conditions as someone came over center. i veered away and lost control. I hit the bridge rather then hitting the other car head-on. the person never even stopped to see if i was okay.
I think you can get a feel for how narrow it is.
It was getting to the place it was unsafe.
I took this view under the bridge which I thought was pretty cool. I had to climb down the bank in the snow to get the shot.
Some day I will be able to show you a finished bridge across the Cuyahoga River. There is a railroad bridge just beyond this one that was closed about five years back for 9 months. It's too bad they didn't fix the bridge at that time but one business was between the two bridges.

58 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

Very cool. That does look awfully narrow. People can't drive right under normal conditions. I can only image it's worse when the weather isn't right. Great shots.

George said...

We have our share of narrow bridges here in Tennessee, but we don't have slick roads as often as you do. Great pictures -- I look forward to seeing the rebuilt bridges.

Susan said...

Glad you're all right after a wreck on that bridge: it looks badly in need of replacing! Congratulations on getting a new one, and on some great shots of the old one.

Thanks!

Tipper said...

Love the bridge-reminds me one that use to be near here-everyone called it the metal bridge- it was a one lane bridge. They have since improved it to a more modern 2 lane bridge but I can't help missing the old one.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Bridges are fascinating... Think about the bridges of LIFE---taking us places that may be totally new to us, or ones that take us back and forth almost every day! Bridges do tell us alot, don't they????? (As long as they are not 'bridges to NO-WHERE"!!!! ha ha)

Sara G said...

WOW, awesome post. I just love bridges and haven't photographed nearly enough of them!!
Take care and thanks for sharing!!

Guy D said...

Wow what a picturesque looking bridge, great shots.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Luiz Ramos said...

Bridges are magic entities.
Loved view. Beautiful your World.

Dina said...

Really, the one showing the under is great. You really get the feeling it is a bridge, hanging in the air.
Fishing Guy, I hope you weren't bad hurt in that accident. Terrible that the at-fault driver didn't even stop to help you.
I'm glad I don't have to drive anymore in the winter (OR the summer).
Good you are getting pictures of the bridge as it changes.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Handsome bridge though it DOES look narrow.

Very weird that the other driver never stopped to see how you were. Makes me wonder why.

babooshka said...

Well I do like a bridge. I adore these little ones, s much design for such a small connection.

Natural Moments said...

I think it is important to keep up and maintain bridges. They are symbols and metaphors for exploring new places and for bridging the gap between differing points of views.

Thanks for Sharing Your World. Happy Holidays.....

Sylvia K said...

It does look like a narrow, narrow bridge! What really great shots! Thank you so much for sharing. Always enjoy your posts!

david mcmahon said...

That was literally a ``narrow'' escape.

ewok1993 said...

Thanks for sharing. I love bridges.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

Oh thank you for sharing that As children we always called those bridges 'Ghost bridges' and had to lift our feet off the floor boards as we crossed over them --How silly we were:)

Leora said...

Pretty shots of an interesting bridge. But your tale of your accident on the car gets me anxious...I hear too many stories like that.

Look forward to more bridge and water pics in the future.

Carver said...

I love bridges and this was an interesting look at them. The rebuilt bridges will be interesting to see too.

imac said...

Beautiful to see these bridges in different angles Fishing Guy. Beautiful shots.

TCKK said...

Neat old bridge!

Reader Wil said...

Well that was very brave of you to get under the bridge. Was it rusty? Great post and you have taken a lot of trouble to show us this bridge.

Darla said...

Cool looking bridge, for a photo. Driving across, I'm not so sure. Glad you didn't get seriously hurt when you wrecked on this bridge, nice people to stop and make sure you were okay.......

Mary said...

Bridges are awlays interesting! Will look forward to the improved one. Glad you weren't hurt when you had your accident.

Tom said...

Hi Tom- Great images. I have driven (or ridden in a car when I was a wee lad) over these bridges hundreds of times to go the "back way" from our house off of North River Road in Munroe to Kent and Ravenna. We also would take that route to go to Church in Tallmadge when the Munroe Falls RR crossings were closed for repairs. I never realized these bridges were so old. I also can't believe the Middlebury RR road bridge was closed for over 5 years. I knew it had been closed, but didn't realize it was that long. I heard it had to do something about a dispute between local governments as to who was responsible for fixing it- or something like that. Seeing these pictures makes me a bit home sick, I must say. But really what I need to do is to get out and start taking pictures of Worthington.

Tom

FickleMinded said...

i think if my memory serves me right, I've been to that Bridge before, but I have to ask my hubs first, he's good in reading maps, I just love to sit and enjoy the view while travelling. nice shot!
My World#4

The Birdlady said...

I love those old bridges - and the photos are great.

Wren said...

Bridges freeze first, too, which makes it even more treacherous in the winter.

Any narrower and cars would have to take turns crossing.

Ms. Hays said...

They really are narrow - we have some here in SE Mo too - not as many as I remember though as a kid. Happy Bridging! hehehe

mannanan said...

And I thought the bridge that we have her in Ramsey is small though I think ours is narrower as it 's only wide enough for one way traffic. Thanks for sharing.

kayleen said...

Nice old bridge. Seems like the older ones are more interesting from an architechtural standpoint. The newer ones seem kind of antiseptic. Thanks for sharing.

Jama said...

what an interesting bridge, the view around there must be awesome.

Leedra said...

Great that you got photos before they started the new work. I wish I had started photographing the interstate construction here in Knoxville at the beginning. The interstate is totally closed down in Knoxville, expected to be for 14 months. Later it would have been great to have the photos, but I didn't think at the beginning of the project.

Larry D said...

Great bridges, but definitely narrow.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Whoa ... that bridge has seen some better days. Or is it sturdier than it looks? Either way, I am also amazed when thinking how critical bridges are to communities that live along rivers, for connecting them to either bank. We take them for granted, but probably shouldn't.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Nice bridges, do you have floods since you are on the river? Thanks for sharing

alicesg said...

The bridge need some repair works done. Thanks for sharing. Our roads and bridges are always maintained otherwise the authorities in charge would be fine...lol....also meant we need to pay more for road taxes, etc to maintain the roads, etc. :(

Dirk said...

Really nice pictures, thanks for sharing. We have also a few narrow bridges nearby. Good idea for one of my next posts:-)

Lawstude said...

how time really flies FG. your meme is now 2 months old so congratulations is in order. i never get tired of seeing your part of the world and those bridge shots are amazing. have a nice day ahead.

Jedediah said...

Nice photos, I'm looking forward to pictures of the new one :)

Shellmo said...

Nice images of the bridge, especially the view from underneath. I cannot believe that person did not stop to help you when you had your wreck - glad you are okay.

T and S said...

Your world and your music are both wonderful. Your efforts in both initiatives shows in the results...Thomas

The Good Life in Virginia said...

always seems public works projects are never done in a "logical" or seemingly "sensible" manner.
indeed it is a very narrow bridge for two car traffic.
a good series of shots...
thanks for sharing with us and am looking forward to the new bridge shots as it comes to fruition over the months ahead.

antigoni said...

Beautiful post! Very good photos!

Tommy V said...

great artsy pictures of the bridge

Craver Vii said...

It's small, but I wonder how much it weighs.

uncleawang said...

Artistic image ,I love it.Thanks for sharing and Thanks also for visiting my world.

Louise said...

Scary in ice, but a very cool bridge. I'm sure the new one won't be so interesting to look at.

Shionge said...

This is so interesting and you set me thinking FG :)

April said...

Great photos from your corner of the world!

chrome3d said...

Those old bridges have their charm no matter how narrow they are.

Gayle said...

Very beautiful shots of the bridges. There aren't bridges as interesting or with as much history around here. Nice to see. Thanks for visiting me.

Indrani said...

Pictures are nice, and it IS narrow. A wide one can avoid accidents.

Esther Garvi said...

Lol! Bridges!!! I think you could count the number of bridges in the whole of Niger on own hand!

Arija said...

Such a nice old bridge, but a bit difficult whith the approach angles when a pantechnicon comes the other way. I hope they straighten it out at the same time.

Pretty Me!! said...

lovely place you live in :)

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos, the lines and angles sure make for an interesting view.

Susie of Arabia said...

What a scary bridge story - you are so lucky that you didn't break thru and go off into the water! Maybe it was so icy the other person couldn't really stop - anyway, glad you made it out ok!

The Tile Lady said...

Great My World post! Thanks, Fishing Guy for sharing with all of us. I love bridges because I love rivers and streams...there are some really neat bridges out there.

Marie