It seems any thoughts of seeing a majestic orange or millstone red Braga Bridge will be dependent on your imaginations. The Herald News is reporting that green is to remain the bridge's official color.
After months of rumors about the future color of the soon-to-be-painted Charles M. Braga Bridge — a Golden Gate red was the latest whim — MassHighway Spokesman Adam Hurtubise confirmed Wednesday that the estimated $30 million painting project will consist of just one color: green.
What struck me odd about this announcement is that is comes on the heels of an O Jornal story that indicated that Mass Highway was willing to at least consider a color.
"I think we made some progress," said Menard, who added that at first skeptical group from Mass Highway agreed to explore the change.
One of the explanations for keeping the Braga's green scheme is it is easier to spot rust.
A standard bridge color that matches most of the other bridges around the commonwealth, a state official said that bridges are generally painted green in order to better demonstrate rusting tendencies, something red or similar colors would not.
The problem is that too was mentioned in the O Jornal story and I would say pretty soundly dismissed.
One of arguments presented was if the bridge is painted red, inspectors will not be able to see the rust. "Does that mean they only inspect the bridge with a drive-by?" he said, calling that argument, "poor."
What makes this excuse all the more funny is the fact that there are several bridges in MA and worldwide that are not painted green.
It's also odd that the Herald story comes up less than a week after the O Jornal story. According to the Herald the decision has been made but less than a week ago....
State Senator Joan Menard, who scheduled the meeting, said that after reviewing numerous scenarios, the group concluded to reconvene in the next several weeks with Mass Highway officials producing a color chart of paints which would cost the same as the current green, but could serve as alternatives.
So what changed in the span of a week that suddenly makes the decision final? Why would Mass Highway make this decision when they just agreed to a subsequent meeting with our local delegation?
Maybe the green paint has already been purchased? Oh shoot, Sen. Menard addressed that concern too.
Menard added that if in fact the paint has been already purchased, "they can use it someplace else."
Lefty's View: When I first read this story in the O Jornal I was reluctant to see a change. I've grown accustomed to that familiar green. However, after writing my first post on this every time I drive by the Braga I now wonder what it would look like in a different color. I have to admit the idea of International Orange has grown on me.
Something about the Herald News story doesn't make sense. It clashed too much with the story in the O Jornal. Do the folks at the Herald have their facts straight? If so why the sudden change? What is the response of our local delegation? These folks believed that the topic was still up for discussion and now suddenly they're being told it's not? Why didn't the Herald get a quote from ANY of them?
As far as I'm concerned the color of the Braga hasn't been decided until they start painting it. If we as a community want to see a change in color then the topic should be on the table open for discussion. I don't like being told no without a reasonable explanation.