Resident unhappy with swing bridge opening for maintenance

October 25, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor:
As a member of the Boca Grande Club and a frequent visitor to the island, I feel compelled to register a complaint regarding an inconvenience to traffic yesterday (October 17) caused by swing bridge maintenance.
We were heading off island at about 4 p.m. when we had to stop about six cars back from the swing bridge barriers. We kept looking to see what large boat was going through, and when the bridge closed again, there was no boat. By then, the traffic was backed up all the way to the top of the next Causeway bridge.
I called GIBA then, connected with the bridge tender and asked why the bridge was being opened at the peak of the afternoon rush hour. He said it was maintenance, and that was the time he was told to open the bridge.
Having been visiting here for about 20 years, there have been numerous times when GIBA has gone their own way without apparent consideration of their impact on the community, good or bad. I know that you can’t train someone to have common sense, but it seems to me that whoever is responsible for GIBA maintenance schedules should consider their impact on every driver who is coming or going over their bridge, and pick times that will be the least disruptive. Just doing it because they can doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.
Lupton Avery, Jr.
Rising Fawn, GA