THE MICHIGAN DAILY
t'EDl' 'ESDAY, UI3ER 20, X951
PAGE SIX WED~1ESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1951
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Political Cartoons - An experi-
mental film entitled "1848" will be
featured at the Young Progressive
meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Un-
Botany Club - Grady Webster,
graduate assistant in the botany
department, and Roy Jervic, will
speak on Cuba at a meeting of the
Botany Club at 7:30 p.m., 1130
Natural Science Building.
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Science Society-The first meet-
ing of the Student Science Society
at 7:30 p.m., 1400 Chemistry Bldg.,
will feature Dr. Jeana D. Levin-
thal, who will speak on "Mechan-
ism for the Duplication of the
S* * *
Polonia Club-Films of Poland
before, during and after the last
war will be shown at 8 p.m. today
in Rm. 3-F of the Union, spon-
sored by the Polonia Club.
EVENTS TOMO RROW%
AOA Meeting-The first ,neet-
Association will be held at 7:30
ing of the year of the University
Post of the American Ordnance
p.m. tomorrow in Rm. 3-A of the
Union Urges Ride
The Union travel service is still
accepting applications for "share
the ride" commuter groups.
Union councilman Harry Blum,
'54, urged that all students who
commute to Ann Arbor register
with the Union to find others
willing to share the expenses for
the daily trips.
Blum also reminded students
going to the Illinois and Cornell
football games that the Union is
organizing rides to Champaign
Students interested in either
service may register between 3
and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Union
student offices or. call 2-4431.
Read and Use
Crumbling Old Struettire
Sore Spot of Ann Arbor
About a quarter of a mile from the city limits, north on U.S.
23, lies a decrepit old bridge, relic of the colorful World War One
days when Ann Arbor was an infant town of 15,000,
Beneath it flow the placid waters of the Huron River on one
side, and on the other, freight and passenger trains roar by under
its arches. Here and there picturesque hills loom up to challenge
the structure's ugliness.
Built in 1916 by the State of Michigan to accommodate sur-r
reys, horses and buggies, the long, narrow archway is now sustain-
ing the strain of modern vehicles.
Over the span of 35 years, the bridge has provided a necessary,
but hazardous thoroughfare for the teeming traffic which rolls
over it to points north of the city.
Now, aged and worn out, its concrete framework cracking,
narrow and hazardous, the bridge is about ready to be repaired
or replaced. City officials, sheriff's deputies, and University engi-
neers are urging that the State do something about it.
And through it all, the bridge's only distinction remains a
historical one: it was the first of its kind to be built on the curve
of a river.
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The bickering between State and
local officials over a "disgraceful"
bridge north of this cityscontinues
to occupy the limelight in Ann
"Preliminary negotiations" for
either the reconstruction or the
repacement of the bridge are now
underway-with Mayor William E.
Brown. Jr, insisting that State
Highway Commissioner Charles
M. Ziegler do something about its
"deplorable" condition. University
engineers and sheriff's deputies
are backing Brown.
YESTERDAY, MAYOR Brown
confidently predicted that the
State would either repair or re-
place the structure in the very
"W'hether the State will re-
pair the bridge, build a new
one, or both, I can't say,"
Brown explained. "It depends on
a proposed plan, which is being
given serious consideration, to
re-locate highway 23.
The mayor estimated that to re-
pair the bridge alone would entail
a cost of about $125,000. The cost
of building a new bridge would, of
course, be huge.
AS PER USUAL, however, the
matter of who will pay for the pro-
posed project is the crux of the
Ziegler is known to feel that
the city should share expenses,
an oinion shared by several lo-
cal civic leaders. Mayor Brown
and the City Council, however,
have proposed that the State
should pay, the bridge being
out-side Ann Arbor's city limits.
And somehow or other, the NYC
railroad, which runs tracks under-
neath the bridge, is expected to as-
sume some of the costs-presum-
ably because of damages to the
bridge inflicted by rumbling trains
through the course of years.j
of the bridge continue to echo
throughout the city. Referring de-
risively to the bridge, Mayor
Brown called it a "hazard and a
disgrace. There are just too aany
accidents in that vicinity."
A check with Prof. Edward
L. Eriksen, chairman of the de-
partment of engineering me-
chanics, corroborated Brown's
contention that the bridge was
in sad shape.
"There is no danger that the
bridge will collapse," Prof. Erik-
sen .explained, "because its foun-
dations are still solid. But the
bridge's sidewalks, deteriorating
and unsupported by girders, are
cdangerous and could easily col-
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PROF. ERIKSEN, who made a
deprecating report on the bridge
way back in 1932, insisted that re-
pairig it would prove too costly.
And because he believed the bridge
way "too far gone" and couldn't
be widened, the engireer favored
a new bridge.
Later, Deputy Sheriff Max Peet
pointed out that, in his opinion,
the narrow bridge was inadequate
for traffic and "the most hazard-
ous traffic threat in the Ann Ar-
To Call 180
Washtenaw County's two draft
boards have been asked to send a
total of 180 men for pre-induction
tests in November.
This November pre-induction
quota of 90 from Ann Arbor is the
largest in recent months, com-
pared to 20 in October and 35 in
MARRIED MEN with no child-
ren may be included in the No-
vember pre-draft testing. The
draft board is asking fathers to
furnish birth certificates of their
children to be filed.
High school students who are
graduating in February will not
be able to take the tests until
April ?4, provided they enter
college in the second semester.
The application blanks for col-
lege students eligible for the Dec.
13 tests are now available at the
Ann Arbor draft board headquar-
ters, 210 W. Washington St.
Prof. Harold Dorr of the poli-
tical science department noted
that college students graduating
in February and desiring to con.-
tinue in graduate school or pro-
fessional school should take the
test Dec. 13.
NARROW THOROUGHFARE-This is a picture of the bridge itself, measuring only 16 feet in width.
The structure is too narrow to accommodate the heavy traffic which rolls over it daily, city officials
contend. A vehicle is in danger of being side-swiped.
' . } Story
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CRACKED FOUNDATION-A lower view of the bridge reveals
the cracked portion of one of the arches.
MICH IGAN BLANKETS
$10 and up
Ulrehs Book Store
549 East University
Two new courses, "Taxation"
and "New Ways in Group Leader-
ship," have been added to the
University's Extension Service
The eight-week course in group
leadership, which is designed
to increase leadership skills for
those active in clubs and service
groups, will have its initial meet-
ing at 7:30 p.m. today in Rm. 1430
University Elementary school.
First meeting of the course on
taxation will take place at 7:30
p.m. tomorrow in Rm. 164, Bus-
iness Administration Bldg. It will
feature a lecture by local attorney
Albert E. Blashfield,
Others to appear at subsequent
meetings of the six-week course
include Prof. Arthur W. Bromage
of the political science depart-
both of the economics department.
ment, city Alderman John S. Dob-
son and Professors Richard A.
Musgrave and Robert S. Ford,
DANGEROUS SPOT-Here is a close-up of a side of the bridge,
where the concrete has been badly shattered. One University
engineer claims that the railing and the sidewalks of the bridge
are "most dangerous" and likely to collapse if a heavy-duty truck
jumps the curb. The railing and the sidewalks are not supported
by the main foundations of the structure-and the Huron River
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