Solutions sought to save Weddle Bridge

 

March 9, 2022

Benny Westcott

Graffiti underneath Weddle Bridge. Litter, decaying wood, missing boards, mud and dirt on the bridge's paint, and an abundance of people climbing on the structure has city officials pondering how to preserve Weddle.

Iconic.

Historic.

Vital.

Many Sweet Home residents use these words to describe Sankey Park's 85-year-old Weddle Bridge. Yet, increasingly, some residents don't seem to be treating it as such.

Its surface and siding, where entire boards have been removed, are smeared with mud and grime. Litter and food fragments are strewn about. The wood's been scarred with graffiti over the bridge's white paint. People often sit on the interior elevated "shelves," and it's not uncommon to see a person climbing to the highest reaches of its interior. Structurally, its wood is decaying, and aesthetically, so...



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