Main Street bridge, 2nd St. now two-way | The Columbus Dispatch

The Main Street bridge and S. 2nd Street will return to two-way traffic today, after being restricted because of Downtown riverfront construction. Full Story
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Since: Dec 09

Coshocton, OH

#1 May 27, 2011
$60 million and now we can drive both ways!...to Franklinton.
Elitism

Columbus, OH

#2 May 27, 2011
The elitism in these Main Street Bridge threads makes me shake my head. Someone always comments about how this bridge is useless because no one wants to go to Franklinton. Guess what: Thousands of people live in Franklinton, and they're just as important as you are.

As for the bridge costing $60 million, well, at least it paid for a signature bridge for the city. I hope someday Columbus will be identified by its bridges, like many other cities such as San Francisco, New York, Boston, Tampa or Charleston.
Madashell

Columbus, OH

#3 May 27, 2011
Elitism wrote:
The elitism in these Main Street Bridge threads makes me shake my head. Someone always comments about how this bridge is useless because no one wants to go to Franklinton. Guess what: Thousands of people live in Franklinton, and they're just as important as you are.
As for the bridge costing $60 million, well, at least it paid for a signature bridge for the city. I hope someday Columbus will be identified by its bridges, like many other cities such as San Francisco, New York, Boston, Tampa or Charleston.
What are you smoking ? For $60.0 M His Dishonor could have presented a check for $15000 to every Franklinton household in one of his photo-op's
Joel

Columbus, OH

#4 May 27, 2011
Good we need more then 1 bridge over the river!

Does this mean the bike paths are open? It's a real pain with no path from South or downtown to North of downtown.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#5 May 27, 2011
Madashell wrote:
<quoted text>What are you smoking ? For $60.0 M His Dishonor could have presented a check for $15000 to every Franklinton household in one of his photo-op's
Typical Republican thinking. Keep all the money in the pockets of individuals. Excellent architecture and beauty belong only to the wealthy. Public uses are a waste.
Recovery Spring

Saint Joe, IN

#6 May 27, 2011
Reader wrote:
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Typical Republican thinking. Keep all the money in the pockets of individuals. Excellent architecture and beauty belong only to the wealthy. Public uses are a waste.
My, you have the Dem victim card down to a science. Nothing was said about keeping money in anyone's pockets. It's about stupid spending of tax dollars. That bridge should have been built for a fraction of what it cost.

Blah blah blah wealthy. Blah blah blah pockets of individuals. You guys are in desperate need of some new material, seriously.
Money Hog

Columbus, OH

#7 May 27, 2011
Finally, now I can walk to the 3 Deuces Bar on my lunch hour. The neighborhood is much safer now that the bridge is open.
Lee

Columbus, OH

#8 May 27, 2011
Main Street Bridge = boondoggle (i.e., a scheme that wastes time and money).
Dems Snooze

Hilliard, OH

#9 May 27, 2011
Reader wrote:
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Typical Republican thinking. Keep all the money in the pockets of individuals. Excellent architecture and beauty belong only to the wealthy. Public uses are a waste.
FAIL. How about accountability to the taxpayer! Coleman and Council spending $220 million and counting in the downtown is a criminal waste of money.

Coleman conned the voters to pay for a income tax increase for police, fire and essential city services.

We do not want lame Columbus Commons and the other monuments of Mike Coleman out of tax dollars.

This bridge could have been repaired for $9 million, but Coleman and Council wasted $51 million dollars. How many more police would that put on the streets?????
Reader

Columbus, OH

#10 May 27, 2011
Recovery Spring wrote:
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My, you have the Dem victim card down to a science. Nothing was said about keeping money in anyone's pockets. It's about stupid spending of tax dollars. That bridge should have been built for a fraction of what it cost.
Blah blah blah wealthy. Blah blah blah pockets of individuals. You guys are in desperate need of some new material, seriously.
Seemed to fit the comment that I was responding to. The poster disagreed that there was any public value in having bridge that is an exemplary design, as opposed to simply serviceable. They then went on to suggest the amount of money that could alternatively have gone into the pockets of every family in Franklinton (as if that was ever likely to happen).

Now, I know that there are Republicans who value art and design--in their own homes or places that they frequent. However they are inclined to belittle it as extravagent in the public arena, where all have perceive and enjoy.

Yep--I'll stand by what I said.
Mark

United States

#11 May 27, 2011
Gay Street goes both ways now, too
Tit4TAt

Columbus, OH

#12 May 27, 2011
I pretty much hate everything that Coleman does. But that bridge is sweet. And the parks and the bike path are an asset to the city. There will be 100's of millions of dollars in new development in Franklinton and in 10 years it is going to be a great part of town. The design of the bridge is highly serviceable too. It will be easier and cheaper to maintain long term. Not that any Republicans care about what happens after they are gone. We will get a much better return on the bridge than we will on all the Somalis Coleman brought here.
NoSense

Columbus, OH

#13 May 27, 2011
Republicans have no problem building 500 million dollars worth of bridges in Iraq.
NoSense

Columbus, OH

#14 May 27, 2011
Mark wrote:
Gay Street goes both ways now, too
Just like your Dad.
Justa Thought

Swanton, OH

#15 May 27, 2011
"Two-way traffic on the Main Street bridge is the next step in reconnecting Franklinton with Downtown, making it easier for residents to travel to and from work and entertainment," Mayor Michael B. Coleman said in a statement.

I find myself wondering what percentage of Franklinton residents work downtown, and how many of them go there for their 'entertainment'.
Bushie JR

Columbus, OH

#16 May 27, 2011
Bush spent 700 Million dollars from 2002 to 2008 on bridges in Iraq. Its public record. Which one of you wants to defend that?
Bush Derangement Syndrome

Saint Joe, IN

#17 May 27, 2011
Bushie JR wrote:
Bush spent 700 Million dollars from 2002 to 2008 on bridges in Iraq. Its public record. Which one of you wants to defend that?
Hi
Bushie JR

Columbus, OH

#19 May 27, 2011
Hi BDS! I see your from Westerville. Born and raised there myself. You know Coleman built a bridge from Mogadishu to Westerville South High School. I am way more pissed about that than I am the Main st bridge.
Iraqi Resident

Columbus, OH

#20 May 27, 2011
We would like to thank George W. Bush for the new 700 million dollar roads and bridges to the goat market.
Grateful Iraqi

Columbus, OH

#21 May 27, 2011
We the Iraqi people would like to thank George W. Bush for the 700 million dollars worth of roads and bridges. Now we can get across the river to the goat market. Thank you american taxpayers.

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