The next time you go to drop off some junk at the transfer station, take a look at the pile of red, rusting arched iron bridge sections dumped against the fence. If you are new to Beacon, you most likely will have no idea what they are or where they came from. If you have been here for awhile, or if you grew up here, you'll recognize this pile of rusting iron to be the bowstring truss sections from the old Tioronda Bridge; a bridge that was and still is, I assume, on the National Register of Historic Places. A few years ago, the bridge decking and the truss sections were "expertly" removed. Former City Manager Joe Braun was adamant that the old bridge be replaced. His concern was trumpeted by the fire dept and police dept's deep concern that a new bridge had to be built for.... some reason.. I forget exactly why. Needless to say.. its been 5, 6, 7 years.. No new bridge and the old sections that the city "saved" will soon be a pile of iron dust. So much for Beacon's dedication to its past.
The bridge sections are most likely to far gone to ever be used as part of a new bridge... But maybe there is a place for them. With a little thought and not a lot of imagination, the Tioronda Bridge bow string truss sections could become a project for a Beacon artist and placed at the river front in the new park now being sculpted at Long Dock. There could be a contest to design a sculpture made from the truss pieces that would be placed at the new park.. SO, Here you go Beacon; last chance to save these historic bridge sections. It's the least we can do. If we can find the time, expertise, volunteers and donated material to build the new visitors center, shouldn't we be able to save whats left of part of our history?