Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Low Water Bridge

OK, I'll admit that this photo is a bit lame. You see, we had this crazy thunderstorm last night after a day of rain, so I rushed down to the creek this morning thinking that I'd get an awesome photo of Sager Creek full and raging. Clearly, that wasn't the case. It was slightly higher, but that was about it.

However, for the benefit of those readers who don't live in Siloam, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to mention the low water bridge that is located adjacent to the library. It's actually pretty neat, and probably rather unique. On most days, the one-lane bridge is dry, and may be used by motorists. It's one of those situations we don't often encounter in our modern society- getting to take turns with approaching cars, then slowly creeping across the narrow passage when it's our turn. I don't know about anyone else, but I get a little thrill as I drive across, imagining how precarious it must be. It's really not, but like to pretend that it is.

Another interesting aspect of the bridge is that on rainy days, or whenever the creek level has risen, a city employee comes out to put up a chain and a sign warning motorists not to use the bridge. It's funny, because it seems like a bit of extra work, and I wonder if they've considered closing the bridge altogether. I'm certainly glad they haven't!

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