Phase 2: Access improvements and visitor accommodations.

 

Spending community resources to restore the bridge requires that we also take steps to ensure that the bridge site can accommodate visitors comfortably. This means a variety of types of visitors should be able to:

►find the bridge,

►reach it without difficulty,

►park their vehicle (even if it is a huge motor home or a tour bus) and comfortably, safely leave the parking area,
►spend some time looking at the bridge from all aspects, linger over how it was built, consider what features make it such a beautiful structure, and envision the community life at the time the structure was built,

►have a picnic lunch,

►find a comfort station, and

►go away feeling glad they came.

 

Accommodating visitors comfortably also means that occupants of the neighboring residence must not be inconvenienced by the coming and going of visitors, nor by their behavior while there.

Point of interest signStandard direction sign.

 

Since the time when the sign was placed on Highway 50, the number of visitors to the bridge has increased sharply. While this is a desirable outcome, it has also increased the amount of conflict between visitors and the neighboring residents.

 

The conflict takes the form of:

►parking in the access road (a public road) so that the residents cannot reach their driveway (a private road),

►parking in the driveway,

►visitors exploring the riverbank (private property) in a manner bordering on trespass,
►driving into the residents’ yard to turn around in areas not intended for vehicles at all,

►littering,

►backing over the mailbox while turning around,

►large, heavy vehicles (tour busses) entering the residents’ driveway and causing damage to a surface not capable of supporting heavy vehicles, and

►incidents of rude behavior by visitors toward the residents.

Solution?

Most of these conflicts can be reduced, if not eliminated completely, by creating well-designed access, improving areas for parking and turning around, keeping the vegetation under control, identifying areas where visitors are welcome and providing facilities for visitors to spend some time at the site, and installing proper facilities for disposal of waste and a comfort station.

 

The tasks in Phase 2 address these visitor access and accommodations issues in only general terms, since a great deal of work remains to be done before satisfactory site improvements can be designed.

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