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Road Socialist Report: Down Low on the High Bridge

According to transportation officials, the Blatnik Bridge has been designated “fracture critical” because it only has two main elements supporting the span of the bridge.

Original Fox 21 story here

14 Comment(s)

  1. Could we please hang a pedestrian / bicycle way off one side while we’re fussing with it?

    Soren d'Hillside | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  2. What Soren said, why the f@#$ is there no bike lane?

    Herzog | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  3. Yes, a bike lane would be nice.

    Sam | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  4. It needs a bungee-jumping platform and a rope swing.

    vicarious | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  5. Why wasn’t this caught in the fracture-critical inspections after the I35W collapse? Because this is the “Wisconsin Half” — db | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  6. The Blatnik doesn’t have a bike lane because it was built in 1961 and absolutely no one at that time wanted to bike from the West End of Duluth to Superior.

    Paul Lundgren | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  7. I saw this couple biking across it last summer, granted during a nadir of construction, so perhaps they felt emblazoned as there was a look of freedom and defiance in their eyes knowing they were maybe the only ones ever to pull it off. I was warned against this kind of activity, so naturally I felt jealous they just went for it.

    Now I have genuine feelings of anger and betrayal toward Mayor Ness for not making this simple thing a reality when the irons were hot. I love my bicycle, and I do not wish to ride it on the other bridge. So, I’m going to have t-shirts made of the mayor with devil horns on his head riding his bicycle down Bob Dylan Way and sell them at the LPOE.

    Herzog | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  8. I’ve always wanted to have a ferry service between Rice’s point and Bayside Sales. I’d wear robes and have a lantern and crank Tuvan throat singing on an old ghetto box. I’d charge three silver pieces for passage to the other side … but that’s just me (and Chris de Burgh).

    baci | Sep 18, 2013 | New Comment
  9. A bike/pedestrian lane would be great, but adding one to a 2 and 1/2 mile- long bridge is hardly a ” simple thing.”

    Baci- Would that be round trip fare to hell ( and the Hammond) and back? Sunday business would be brisk because of Duluth’s silly blue-laws.

    DaVe | Sep 19, 2013 | New Comment
  10. Don’t pay the ferryman;
    Don’t even fix a price.
    Don’t pay the ferryman;
    Until he gets you to the other side!

    baci | Sep 19, 2013 | New Comment
  11. Herzog, I don’t know what would make me happier: to know that you write your posts in an opium haze, or to think that you spend hours meticulously crafting them to APPEAR that they were written in an opium haze.

    Fitz | Sep 19, 2013 | New Comment
  12. Fitz wins the PDD.

    The Big E | Sep 20, 2013 | New Comment
  13. Meanwhile in other news: I find myself wishing the bridge would fall in the harbor when I’m stuck on it behind all the dolts gawking at the rehab crew. Sweet zombie Azathoth, people: it’s some guys with tools, a couple of trucks, and a porta-potty--step on it.

    The Big E | Sep 20, 2013 | New Comment
  14. And if you mow somebody down, just don’t worry about it.

    Ramos | Sep 21, 2013 | New Comment

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