On February 3rd, 1890, the first Center Street Bridge washed out and collapsed in the big flood.
|Ruins and Aftermath: Center Street Bridge Collapsed|
in Flood on February 3rd, 1890
Photo, Salem Public Library
|"What shall we do?" about the bridge - Front Page, 5 February 1890|
We know this. It's totally expected. Its exact timing will be a surprise, but not that it happens at all.
And it's going to collapse our bridges just like the flood of 1890 collapsed that bridge.
|Plain and Basic style|
|Almost the cheapest at $100+ million|
|A bare-bones seismic retrofit doesn't fit on the chart|
And even if we build a new bridge, the Center and Marion Street bridges will still collapse in the earthquake we know is going to happen.
If we build a new bridge, our main downtown bridges are still going to look like the bridge in 1890.
It doesn't add up.