Of course, that didn't happen but now, according to the O Jornal there are some folks that are thinking it might be time to consider painting the bridge a color other than its familiar green. Bert Harlow, a founder of the Narrows contacted the O Jornal to discuss the idea of a color change. Harlow suggested the bridge switch from it's drab green to international orange, the color of the famed Golden Gate Bridge.
He also suggested a millstone red could be nice and he pointed out a millstone red bridge would look better longer because the inevitable rust wouldn't be as noticeable.
I can only assume the O Jornal contacted members of our local delegation and Mayor Bob Correia and their response has been overwhelmingly in favor of a color change. With the Braga due to be repainted the shared sentiment was as long as it doesn't cost more money, why not?
So should we really paint the Braga Bridge some other color? Can you imagine driving in on Rt. 79 or I-195 only to see a large orange bridge, or red? This isn't a decision to be made on a whim because we'll be living with that color choice for the next quarter century! Even if the paint were to cost the same as the current green paint, and have all the same qualities and last just as long, would it cost us more because of the color change?
There will be a meeting on Monday morning at 9 a.m. with Mayor Correia, Senator Menard, Bert Harlow, Representative Rodrigues and Mass Highway to talk about this. Don't let them make a decision without you weighing in on it! Also take a moment to stop by the O Jornal website and participate in their reader's poll. For some reason international orange isn't included. Personally I can't decide if we should keep it green or change the color. Rust hiding red seems to make a lot of sense, but I think I'm gonna vote for the blue!