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Well, we got our bridge back………finally. After 165 days of bullshit from ODOT, at 1:59 pm today, the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge is open for traffic.

Official word came from Columbus, where our esteemed mayor was probably trying to see someone, or any one, from where he allowed Lorain Growth Association to make the official announcement.

Thanks for stopping in to visit ODOT

We hope you enjoyed your stay.

Sorry, we did not have any strippers for ya

Next time, don’t call us, we’ll call you.

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Today was one of those rare off-days that I’ve actually gotten out of the house to do a few errands. By my own admission, I’ve been disgustingly lazy as of late, so I haven’t been too busy and should change my habits soon.

In my travels today thru South Lorain and the Central Park area, along with Lake View park and Charleston Village neighborhoods, I noticed alot of leaves in the streets. Some lawns had piles of leaves at the curbs, like the city has asked, while other lawns were clear of leaves, but had piles of leaves in the streets. Please people, DO NOT put leaves in the streets, as it prevents the stormwater from entering the sewers, for which we spend thousands of dollars on in order for this same stormwater to not accumulate in our streets, thus causing flooded intersections, possible accidents and just a plain, old mess.

Plus, for those who need one more reason…………

It’s against the law.

……and also from the city’s web site:

Leaf Pickup Projects

West Side, East Side

The Street Dept. will be picking up leaves in the following areas Nov. 17th:

Between Root Road & Nebraska from Wilson to G St

29th to 34th Between Vine &
Clinton

Redhill, Washington Ave, Falbo
Tower, W. 37th & W. 38th, Queen Anne, Hickory Hill and 45th Place

Please DO NOT put your LEAVES in the STREET, rake them to the edge of your tree lawn. Please refrain from parking in the street between 7:00AM – 3:00PM so that we may clean the streets properly.


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Talk is heating up again about the lack of work being done on the Charles Barry Bascule Bridge that crosses the Black River, separating 2 of the 3 major sections of Lorain. Today, I checked the web site provided by Brian Stacy  and his entourage at O.D.O.T from the meeting with city, county, and state reps. on Oct. 24th, along with some very concerned citizens and businessmen and women.

This is their one and only update available to date:

October 31, 2008

As was discussed last Friday, October 24, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3 will provide regular updates on the progress of this project to all interested parties until it is completed. This is the first update.

The components which arrived last week for the braking systems are being installed by the project contractor. This work is expected to continue into next week. The components which help communicate information between the drive controllers and the consoles, known as signal conditioners, have not yet arrived. When they arrive, the contractor will install them. The contractor has completed all concrete repairs to the floodwall.

Once all the necessary components have arrived and are installed, the contractor will begin testing the bridge’s operations to make sure everything is working properly and ensure its operational soundness and safety for the traveling public. When the contractor determines the bridge is operationally sound and safe, ODOT will open the bridge to the traveling public and announce it to this group and on the Project website:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D03/Pages/LOR-6-967_Charles_Berry_Bascule_Bridge_Project.aspx

ODOT has begun pulling together the documents requested as part of the Public Records Requests that have been submitted by the Lorain Morning Journal, Elyria Chronicle Telegram, and Councilman Dennis Flores. We do not yet know exactly when those files will be ready; however, we expect them to be ready some time in November.

If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Respectfully,

Brian Stacy

District 3 Public Information Officer

Ohio Department of Transportation

800-276-4188, ext. 207-7182

I happened to notice that a public records request has been made by the Morning Journal, the Chronicle, and councilman Dennis Flores. Well, Ol Muley has decided to call on an old friend to help get to the bottom of this investigation……

to find out………

What the fuck happened to our damn bridge?

After a thorough investigation by Inspector Clouseau, which took several days nights to complete, this is what he suggest:

An update from the desk of Inspector Clouseau:

November 7, 2008

As was discussed on October 24, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3 will provide regular updates on the progress of this project to all interested parties until it is completed. This is the second update.

The installation of the braking systems components, which arrived the week of October 20, is expected to be completed next week. The installation of the signal conditioners, which arrived this week, will be completed next week. Then the contractor will begin testing the bridge’s operations to make sure everything is working properly and ensure its operational soundness and safety for the traveling public. During this time, you will likely see the bridge going up and down as the bridge’s mechanisms and components are being tested. When the contractor determines the bridge is operationally sound and safe, ODOT will open the bridge to the traveling public and announce it to the media and general public. There will also be an updated message added to the project website.

ODOT has made great progress pulling together the documents requested as part of the Public Records Requests submitted by the Lorain Morning Journal, Elyria Chronicle Telegram, and Councilman Dennis Flores. We expect these to be ready soon.

For more information on this project, please visit:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D03/Pages/LOR-6-967_Charles_Berry_Bascule_Bridge_Project.aspx

If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Respectfully,

Brian Stacy

District 3 Public Information Officer

Ohio Department of Transportation

800-276-4188, ext. 207-7182

Brian.Stacy@dot.state.oh.us

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Loraine has an important update on the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge from Brian Stacey of O.D.O.T. over at:

That Woman’s Weblog

Please check it out.

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Leaf Pick-Up for Lorain residents

The city of Lorain Street Department will be picking up leaves beginning Nov. 3rd and continuing until Nov. 28th, weather permitting.

During this time, the city crews will be concentrating on heavily wooded areas, including the Red Hill area, Central Park area, Lakeview Park area, Oakwood park area and north of the tracks on the east side of town. If you should have a large amount of leaves, and are not residing in these areas, please call the street dept. at: 244-4294 and they will send out a crew to pick them up. Also, the city encourages any resident to bring their “bagged” leaves to the service garage on E 31st St between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Also It is important to note, do not….

DO NOT

rake leaves into the street as it is a violation of city ordinance #112-08 and it clogs sewers and is a hazard to drivers.

Thank You

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Catching up on a little news this weekend, I came across this little ditty from the BBC News: A study done by a team of doctors at the University of Illinois College of Medicine found that the Bee Gees 1977 hit, “Stayin’ Alive” has the ideal number of beats to follow to perform chest compressions on a victim of cardiac arrest.

Research says it contains 103 beats per minute, close to the recommended rate of 100 chest compressions per minute.

“It drove them and motivated them to keep up the rate, which is the most important thing,”

I don’t know about you folks, but if I’m into cardiac arrest, and you want to help me out with some CPR, please……

Please…….

Play me some of this and we’ll be friends,

…..and I won’t die on ya.

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Tomorrow

October 17th, 2008

Noon

West Side of Bridge

Be there

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