Shutdown of Bridge walkway by a conce...

Shutdown of Bridge walkway by a concerned Citizens

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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Jul 31, 2013
July 31: The shutdown of the dangerous Route 119 Hinsdale bridge walkway by concerned citizens...
Hinsdale, NH Route 119 Bridge Civil Protest.

At approximately 8 pm tonight I shut down the Hinsdale Route 119 bridge walkway. I shut it down base on my conscience and a severe and certain accident. It certainly would have created injuries and death. This came about from the direct negligence of the Hinsdale police department and the NHDOT. I placed the bridge walkway is a safe condition and force the state to deal with threat to limb and the preciousness of human life.

I rode my bike over these loose wooden planks for in excess of three years. I could hear the thump and clickety clacks of this planks. I have been protesting on this bridge and have intensified my activities for three year. Uncountable people have stopped and complained about the dangerous loose planks including people in wheel chairs.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Jul 31, 2013
This morning I remove unattached planks from the bridge metal structure. I took pictures of the results of my activities. I sent e- mails to an assortment of NHDOT officials’ with the pictures. I took my pictures to the Hinsdale Police station and made a “civil protest complaint” to the Lieutenant showing him the pictures. He said he would report it to the NHDOT. After taking these pictures, I emediately reinstalled all the planks

At about 8 pm tonight, I removed about 30 planks from the Hinsdale Bridge creating a huge hole in the walkway. I threw many of the planks into the Connecticut River and many more down the embankment to near the water line. I don’t think the NHDOT can recover these planks, certainly without a lot of timely work. I placed three two by sixes across the entrance and exit of the bridge for safety.

Most troubling, were the unattached planks who were vibrating towards the river side away the 2 by 6 that was holding up the planks … we were heading for a catastrophe. All the planks I removed and discarded have corroded screws and nails...the planks were completely not attached to the bridge.

I called 911 and made a complaint about the dangerous missing planks. 911 directly connected me to the Hinsdale police. I told the Hinsdale police there was secured barriers placed at the entrance and exit. I reminded him the pedestrians will have to walk on the two lane roadbed without a safety breakdown lane. The Hinsdale police told me they were all tied up in town and overloaded. They called in the Brattleboro police to do the on scene investigation and write up a report. The Brattleboro police was onsite and investigating.
I am VT

Stowe, VT

#3 Jul 31, 2013
You have gone too far.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Jul 31, 2013
I am going to have fun with that in court!

What other route could I have took?

What if somebody got hurt or killed, then how could i live with myself with me knowing I didn't do everything possible to stop it.

It was the only action left for me to get the walkway fixed...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Jul 31, 2013
You will notice, I immediately made myself accountible to the police and all the officials.

Bet you they will charge me with polluting the river with those planks.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#6 Jul 31, 2013
I am an enormous hero or local folk hero.

You should hear how the young people worship me?
halo guy

Brattleboro, VT

#7 Aug 1, 2013
Jesus, am I sore today from moving all them planks.
It is a metaphor with how you get a bridge fixed in dysfunctional NH.
The NHDOT job scoping guy car was parked near the bridge at 7:30 AM this morning and he was in a white hard hat standing on the walkway with a extended tape ruler in his hand.
halo guy

Brattleboro, VT

#8 Aug 1, 2013
I got to get pictures of the police tape for my blog...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#9 Aug 1, 2013
I’d seem that in a “Law and Order” program. A white police car goes up and down the perps road in a show of the police force. They want to make him nervous. The Hinsdale police just slowly went up my street.

They know I am looking over my shoulder and at every car, just waiting for police to show up. Damn close to being paranoid.

I believe this tactic just drives a perp into the police station trying just to get the burden off his shoulders.

It is not easy breaking the law…

I almost bolted to the Hinsdale police station just a moment ago!

Maybe they are trying to help me in stages…where the arrest won’t be so shocking when the day of reckoning arrives.

I got to calm down.

Lucky I don’t smoke, do drugs and drink booze. By the way, this house doesn’t have any guns in it and I don’t have a gun for decades. I am drinking tons of coffee and eating like a pig though.
I am getting on my mountain bike in a soothing intention…
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#10 Aug 1, 2013
I went down to the scene to take police barrier tape and investigation the NHDOT car. When I got down there about 10: 30 am there was about 5 NHDOT vehicles and maybe eight employees. I got off my bike to take pictures at both ends. There we extremely nervous once they seen me. I made a comment about “now are all the boards nailed down, anymore loose ones” and a “what about doing the other bridge”. I’d seen cell phones going up to ears two or three times. No question their behavior changed once I appeared and they all got off the bridge to congregate near their vehicles. They almost ran to their vehicles and were watching me like a nervous cat.

I wanted to talk to the leader. I thought I was nervous and angry about the whole situation…I figured I would talk in an excited tone. I didn’t want to frighten them in any more than I already did. You know , the crazy halo man at the bridge and him winging off wooden planks on an innocent bridge.

So I just headed back up the hill to go home. I surely expected to see a cop heading towards the bridge with seeing all those cell phones getting next to ears. Not a one showed up.

They absolutely knew me…I talked to them this spring.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#11 Aug 1, 2013
My blog views are absolutely going wild....
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#12 Aug 2, 2013
That was such a relief...the police finially called.

Their witness put me at the scene. He came up to me in a irritated voice saying,“what are you doing”, as I was hucking planks off the bridge. I said,“ I am fixing the bridge. He said,“no you are not, you are damaging the bridge.”

It all depends on your perspective and through what lens you see events.

Montpelier, VT

#13 Aug 4, 2013
The Retreat beckoneth...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#14 Aug 4, 2013
Do they need to be fixed like I fixed the bride?

I am the fixer!

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