Use Old Plans for the New Bridge

Want to bet that the new bridge won’t last 105 years?

After one year of “planning and public scoping,” with an untold expenditure of public funds, the Flathead County Commission approved a plan to rebuild the Bigfork Bridge “similar to its original one-lane architectural design.”

The old bridge, built in 1912, has lasted 105 years. The cost for this bridge when amortized over 105 years is virtually nothing. Why not just find the 1912 plans for the bridge, and build another, exactly the same? I don’t care if you have to use draft horses and human labor with shovels, you could not do any better than that. Want to bet that the new bridge won’t last 105 years?

Jerry Clemens
Bigfork

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