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Tag Archives: William F. Cribari Bridge
Frank Accardi moved to Westport in 1993. He’s seen a lot — and spent a lot of time by (and on) the William F. Cribari Bridge. He writes:
At this time of year, out-of-town holiday guests pile into cars. We take them to the beach, Longshore, and all those other lovely places in this town we call home.
Lunching downtown, they get a view of the river. A bit of Main Street shopping is on the agenda too.
Local friends are introduced all around: kind, friendly and warm-hearted.
We drive by parks and the library, modern schools and old churches, bike paths and boat slips. Inevitably, guests fall in love with the town just as we have.
Sometimes they get a chance to literally ride through history.
We tell them: The oldest hand-cranked open span bridge in the state is after the next light.
It’s on the National Registry of Historic places.
The turn is made. The chatter quiets.
The bridge is just ahead. Just as quickly, the short span is crossed .
But it is inevitable that they see what we see every day.
The dents, the rusty disrepair and desuetude, all made sadder by the brightness of Al DiGuido’s lights and the generosity of his spirit.
Thankful that no one experienced an oncoming landscaping truck at the same time, conversation eventually picks up.
But never about the bridge.
You want to explain that there is history, engineering, boats and truck traffic patterns to consider. But you don’t.
Safely at home, someone takes you aside and says, “Maybe from now on you should go the long way around, son.”
You say, “Don’t worry. I’m sure they will figure it all out soon.”
Won’t they ?
Westport is filled with holiday treats. But the lights on the Cribari Bridge outshine nearly every other winter wonder.
Ever since Al DiGuido and a crew of volunteers first hung hundreds of bulbs all over the historic span nearly 20 years ago, however, the actual lighting has been a low-key affair.
This year, there will be a very impressive ceremony.
No, it won’t rival the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center.
Ours will be better.
This Friday (November 29, 6:30 p.m.), Westporters are invited to the Saugatuck Rowing Club. There on the patio — with a perfect view of the Cribari Bridge — there’s hot cocoa, spiked cocoa, Saugatuck Sweets sundaes, Donut Crazy donuts, cookies, popcorn, a hot dog cart, live music, a cash bar and more.
The actual lighting takes place at 8 p.m. But the party lasts till 9:30.
Kids go free. It’s $20 for adults — but 100% of the proceeds benefit Al’s Angels. That’s the organization founded by bridge lighter (and Saugatuck Sweets owner) Al DiGuido. All funds help children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases, natural disasters and severe financial hardships.
The Cribari Bridge lights were created as a symbol of hope for all in town.
Let’s hope there’s a huge turnout of angels on Friday, when Al turns on the lights.
(For tickets and more information on Saugatuck Rowing Club’s Bridge Lighting Festival, click here.)
For the second time in a couple of weeks, the Cribari Bridge over the Saugatuck River is closed.
Once again, it’s stuck in the open position.
According to alert “0688o” reader — and nearby resident — Robbie Guimond, the last time it happened, a state Department of Transportation foreman said it “just stopped.”
A crew struggled to close it manually. The foreman told Robbie that the back-up apparatus is very old, and seldom used.
Werner Liepolt — an alert “06880 reader/William F. Cribari Bridge neighbor/member of the Connecticut Department of Transportation Project Advisory Committee for a new, rehabilitated or (long shot) basically unchanged span — read with interest yesterday’s post about $40 million in possible funding for the project.
Then he noted with equal interest that the DOT has pulled (“temporarily?” he wonders) the Cribari Bridge project from its web page. (Click here for the error message.)
However, he does have 2 public documents — sent to Advisory Committee members — showing plans for the “restored” bridge. Here they are. Click on, or hover over to enlarge: