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Let's not forget that the $12 million design was to attempt to get federal funding and had to be over $11 million to even apply for the grant. That being said, they included a pier for the Hittler Park, and walkway under the bridge to Veterans Park and a walkway from Hittler Park to the Lutheran Church and a number of extras that are definitely not needed without grant funding. The problems that are faced:1. What would have happened if TS Andrea would have direct hit us and knocked down one or both seawalls which support the bridge?2. Do we just forget about the nearly $2 million already spent for design and permits which expire in July?
I don't want to see us spend any more money at this time either, but the bridge is an important evacuation route off of the island in case of emergency. Do we can second guess mother nature and have a bridge similar to the Marquam Bridge that fell in Oregon do to a bump by a tractor trailer or the 35W Bridge in Minneapolis in 2007?
In 2 years if the economy comes back at all, will contractors be this hungry and hold their pricing to today's level?
Hopefully many people speak up at the City Council meetings or at least email City Council to give them their perspective on this issue.
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