I am not a hiker or biker, but was struck by a comment in the article on the bridge work planned, "'What we wanted to do, but couldn't afford, was to replace all of the railing and construct a wider shoulder for pedestrians and bikes,' Christiansen said." ("Bridge ready for face-lift," The Daily Astorian, Sept. 25)
Astoria and Warrenton both have been working on their waterfront paths. I have driven over the bridge many times and seen bicycles on the bridge, and occasionally someone walking. It is scary.
What a great opportunity for the county to get together and do something to make it possible to connect a good walking-bike path from east end of Astoria to the south jetty.
Why not write an editorial on this opportunity to get something positive done? Why not rally all the dedicated bicyclists and walkers to figure out how to make a wider shoulder possible?
People would contribute to this from the entire county. I would, even if I never was inclined to hike across the bridge and causeway. All we need to do is figure out how much the state needs to have contributed to make this improvement happen, and then do it.