Pedestrian Drawbridges... And a question for you boat buffs
- Switching from the subject of the bus yard path, back to the dam
It seems clear that DCR will be examining all options for the
crossing, not just the low cost option that our group has been
1) Elevated bridge, using dam for the pier footings (this option is
favored by the current dam operators)
2) At-grade crossing over modified locks.
3) Separate bridge, just upstream, with a drawbridge element.
4) Do nothing. Or open for special events only.
I propose a new option, that is a blend of the options above:
4) For the two small locks, build the crossing on top of the lock
gates, as we have discussed.
For the one large lock, instead build a pedestrian drawbridge. This
will free up the large lock for use during flood control operations.
The ped drawbridge will be raised ONLY when a boat uses the large
lock, and then ONLY if that boat is both LONGER and TALLER than the
bridge can accomodate.
(A short but tall boat will still fit on one side of the bridge, until
the water level is normalized).
Someone with knowelge of the type of boats that go through the locks.
How often would a TALL boat need the LARGE lock?