Saturday, December 31, 2005

Arch hit by yet another car, but help may be on the way

A car crash this week destroyed "a sizable section" of the brownstone bridge leading up to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park, making it the sixth time this year alone that a car has struck the arch or the bridge.

On January 18, the Bushnell Park Foundation will hold a "summit" of state, local and corporate leaders, among others, to seek funding for a $2.2 million street reconstruction for the arch area, according to the Hartford Courant.

"The plan would widen the sidewalks that run alongside the arch, and narrow the street underneath it by building obstructions that would force a fast driver to slow down," the Courant reports. "A 25-foot-wide section of the street underneath the arch would be elevated and built out of cobblestone or another material that would dissuade speed."

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