Replace the Dangerous Railroad Bridge on the Provo River

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Every summer, hundreds of people float down the Provo River in tubes, rafts, or kayaks. Although the river is mostly safe, there is one section that is very dangerous - the railroad bridge. The current is strong, and pushes the floaters straight into the supports of the old bridge. This can be dangerous in many ways. Old nails stick out in some areas that can pop a raft or cut somebody. Rafts or kayaks often get caught on the supports and the current flips them, and their riders, straight into the freezing river where if they're lucky they get a few bruises. However, sometimes, the current will pull the rider under the water and pin them to the support or hit their head on a rock. Every couple years, stories like that one creep into the news.

Floaters are warned to paddle to the edge and get out just before the bridge, but for many, the current is too swift and they go under the bridge risking injury. The first time I floated the Provo, I couldn't get over fast enough to the edge and our raft caught one of the supports and flipped. Luckily for us, we didn't get stuck and were fine. I want to make sure that nobody else get hurt or worse.

The railroad bridge is old, and made largely of wood, this means that in order to support a train, it needs supports in the water. However, newer bridges have metal frames that can span the entire river eliminating the need for the dangerous supports in the river.

The purpose of this petition is to gather support for replacing the old bridge with a new, safer version. It is an expensive replacement and hard for the railroad company to do on their own. Hopefully, with the support of the community, Provo City will see the danger and step in with funding to make this community water a safer place for recreation.



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