The photo they used to illustrate the piece doesn't show the Water Works very well, however. But there's a painting that does!
Constance Fowler's painting at Hallie Ford shows the bridge and Water Works - only the painting doesn't work quite right!
|South Commercial Street and Water Works (circa 1940)|
Constance Fowler, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
|Commercial Street Bridge and Water Works|
The focus in the photo on the smaller bridge might remind us of their role in Salem. Over at No 3rd Bridge, advocates responded to the Chamber of Commerce's claim that a new ginormous and super-expensive bridge is an essential part of preparation for the Cascadian Subduction Zone "big one" for which we are now due. No 3rd Bridge says,
Simple logic says that we should further retrofit the bridges we have before building a new one. The City is wasting $100,000 a month on consultants for the Third Bridge that should be going into preparing our existing bridges for the next major quake.And they're right. But maybe even more than reinforcing the Marion and Center Street bridges, we need to be thinking about reinforcing the bridges across creeks downtown. Salem has around 100 smaller bridges!
|Downtown bridges over Pringle Creek and Shelton Ditch|
|Winter St. Bridge Closure after Flood Damage, Spring 2012|
|Repair during summer 2012 of Winter St. Bridge at Shelton Ditch|
The bridge design largely duplicates Commercial Street!
Fortunately the Commercial Street bridge is being replaced - though you wonder just how beefy is the new design. Is it engineered for the 9.0 "big one"? Or just for a more ordinary 7.0 quake.
For more historic notes on the Commercial Street bridge and general vicinity, see:
Pringle Path to Follow Flume and History under Commercial St Bridge
Commercial St. Bridge Shows Ties to Past, Part 2
Historical Bridge Bits: Hippies in Eugene, the Flood of 1861 in Salem