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Letter to the Editor - Public Deserves Answers In Bridge Accident

Death by bridge tender?

No. Not yet, anyway.

An investigation by the Sturgeon Bay Police Department determined that the driver of the motor home crushed by the huge Michigan Street Bridge span counterweight as the bridge was being opened on June 23rd was not at fault. Luckily, the two occupants narrowly avoided being crushed to smithereens.

This on top of the recent incident in which the Oregon Street Bridge was opened with a car on the draw span. Again, thank God that driver didn't end up in a watery grave.

So what the H is going on in this town? Why is routine local public safety no longer a given?  More importantly, what actions have our local leaders taken to ensure this type of thing never happens again?

The public deserves some answers. Why, for instance, would a RV-crushing tender ever again be allowed near the controls?

Of secondary importance is the zillions in legitimate damage claims that will be made by the victims of this gross negligence, and that the taxpayers will eventually have to pay. The main fear is that one may be risking his life just by driving across town.

Tom Felhofer


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