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Photo Challenge #241

Westport sure has a lot of bridges.

Last week’s Photo Challenge showed the underside of one. Every “06880” reader figured that out.

But where was it? The William F. Cribari Bridge in Saugatuck? I-95, nearby? The new one on Saugatuck Shores? The old one on Kings Highway North, near Fort Apache?

Nope. No. Nah. No sir.

The image showed the view from underneath the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge — aka the Post Road bridge over the Saugatuck River. (Click here for the photo.)

It gets tons of vehicle traffic every day, and a decent number of pedestrians. It’s rarer for someone to paddle underneath it. But Maggie Gomez did just that, and sent the shot to “06880.”

As Dan Herman notes, the fiberglass pipes shown are electric and telephone conduits.

Besides Dan, other correct answers came from Rob Hauck, Robert Mitchell, Seth Schachter, Jay Tormey, Seth Braunstein, Jonathan McClure, Fred Rubin, Andrew Colabella, Robert Fatherley, Breno Donatti, Jalna Jaeger and Michael Brennecke.

Maybe there are more paddlers than we realize!

This week’s Photo Challenge is back on dry — very dry — land. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Beth DeVoll)

 

Vote!

The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge has been the scene of much political activism over the years.

Last night, someone sent a message that every American — regardless of party — should agree with.

(Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

Election Day is Tuesday (November 6). Polls open at 6 a.m., and close at 8 p.m.

Westport voters who previously voted at the library have a new location: Town Hall. Those who voted at Coleytown Middle School will vote at Coleytown Elementary.

All voters should be sure to check their polling place. If you’re a Connecticut resident, click here.

Pic Of The Day #43

Flags fly on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Post Road Bridge (Photo copyright Lynn U. Miller)

Friday Flashback #6

We think of the Post Road (Ruth Steinkraus Cohen) Bridge as having been there forever.

It has been — at least since colonial times.

But it hasn’t always been the same bridge.

Here’s what it looked like in 1946.

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It was narrower than the present span. There was a guardhouse-type structure — perhaps a remnant of when it actually was a toll bridge, centuries earlier.

But the most intriguing aspect of this photo — taken from the Taylor parking lot near what is now the library Riverwalk, looking upriver — is the water on the right.

This shot was taken several years before Parker Harding Plaza was created. That’s now the parking lot behind Main Street stores. In 1946, the Saugatuck River ran right up to the backs of those shops.

And the sewer pumps from some of them emptied directly into the river.