Bridges of Change


Originally posted May 1, 2010


Bridges Come Bridges Go
(The many incarnations of the Parker River Bridge
Route 1A,  Newbury, Massachusetts)


Bridges come, bridges go.
This one once carried cattle and trolleys, now it carries bicycles and autos.
It once had 7 piers, then 4, now 2.
Constructed of wood, and of stone, then of concrete, then steel,
and all made by muscle.
One lane, two lanes, three lanes, four lanes,
they open they close.
They let water flow one way, boats flow two.

Wood and Stone Structure. Seven piers.  Post mark 1902

Reinforced concrete. Four piers. Circa 1934. Photo 2006.
(note the netting to protect boaters from falling concrete)

Concrete and steel. Two piers. Circa 2009. Photo 2010.

What will be here next?

Comments

Eugenia O'Neal said…
I was thinking that the second photo certainly makes the bridge look very solid and substantial and then I read the part about the falling concrete!
Peter said…
Seven, four, two piers, what's next?
1902, 1934, 2006 and when will that be?
Boobook said…
Falling concrete!!
A community in my area was in uproar when the authorities announced plans to pull down an old bridge. It's still there.
Alan Burnett said…
I always think that bridges act like that speck of dust which causes a snowflake to gather around it. They build societies - villages, towns, cities.

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