Jun 15, 2010
The Bridge Slayer
Lehigh County is known for the Covered Bridge Trail. Fortunately for us, former Lehigh County Executive Dave Bausch has a great appreciation of history. In the future, there will be no stone arch bridge tour. Current Executive Donny Cunningham is preparing to tear down his second stone bridge, but rest assure he will be grinning at the new bridge ribbon cutting. Shown above was the historic Linden Street multi-arch stone bridge, built in 1884. It was rehabilitated in 1950 and destroyed in 2008 by Cunningham. Cunningham now plans to destroy and replace the Reading Road Bridge.* The Reading Bridge was built in 1824 and rehabilitated in 1980. In Europe bridges are 700 years old, but preservation and restoration doesn't lend itself to press conferences and career building.
*Reading Road Bridge is small stone arch bridge on Walnut Street by Union Terrace
related article: The Morning Call