Wednesday, July 16, 2008

If The Sign Says Closed, Don't Try Driving Over The Bridge

An interesting tidbit out of SRTC's Transportation Technical Committee meeting today. A staff member from the City of Spokane Valley says the Barker Road Bridge is closed for reconstruction, and signs are clearly posted, but they're still having problems with people going around barricades to drive across the bridge.

The problem was so bad that cranes apparently had to be moved into place to physically prevent cars from passing through. Folks, there's a reason you're not allowed to drive through there: it's called safety. Don't say we didn't warn you if you end up with a flat tire or worse. And that's minor when you think what could happen if you sneak around the barricades once the bridge is torn out.

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