|An old bridge abutment at Bushnell's Basin... where "moth and rust" have already destroyed man's handiwork.|
|Rust along an expansion joint on I-490 bridge over Erie Canal at Pittsford. Yikes!|
Unlike the rocks and sky, iron structures are not impervious to time. I’m obviously not an engineer, but I do know that rust is the great leveler here in the northeast, so we dutiful homeowners make a point of keeping our paintwork up. One hopes that our government does the same thing, of course.
|It looks poetic as hell, but that's not what I'm looking for in a bridge I drive on almost daily.|
This bridge carries I-490 across the Erie Canal. I’ve walked under a lot of bridges along the Erie Canal—including bridges that are now lost forever in memory—and this is the worst-looking one I’ve ever seen. Yet I-490 is probably the most-traveled road in the Rochester metropolitan area.
|Another view of corrosion on the underside of the bridge.|
So this isn’t an artistic question, but a practical one: my skills are limited to observing and describing the world. I’ve no idea how one goes about fixing it, but I sure hope someone out there does. Any suggestions?
|OK, he's cute and paintable, but kind of far away from the canal bank.|
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