Tuesday, October 21, 2008

mr. peanut bridge is reopened

The Mr. Peanut Bridge is now open to traffic, and the steel truss structure connecting downtown to the south and west sides has been painted red since its closing.

Video on the opening here, news story here, and message board (with pictures) are here.

Also known as the Spring Commons Bridge, and now the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Bridge, the ever-present steel representation of a nutty character is why the locals call it the Mr. Peanut Bridge.

zooming in . . .

As luck would have it, I was there as the sun was illuminating this crimson structure, as government employees were removing the "road closed" signs.

The driver of this white Pontiac Vibe at 5:10pm on 10/17/2008 was the first vehicle to drive across the bridge, giving a hearty "thumbs up".

here then, are a few more shots of the bridge:

Finally, at some point during the day, a solitary red rose was placed at the base of the bridge.


Tyler said...

Great pics! Thanks for posting this. I wanted to see the new peanut, but I haven't had a chance to do so yet.

Lucy said...

When did we get English? The linguistic change saddens me a little.

I drove over the Mr. Peanut bridge today, and I made it from Boardman to Cedars in 10 minutes. Mr. P, I'm glad to have you back.

Janko said...

The management of this blog had a long discussion about changing the language to English.

A few comments were received about the difficulty of maneuvering through the comments section when in another language, and since facilitating discussion is the goal - it was changed.

Dear Violet said...

I think if that Mr. Peanut character had worn red shoes it really would have complemented the color on the bridge nicely.

I guess this means I won't be driving past the "McCann for the rich and racist" sign anymore!