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Save Albany's Historic Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge

This petition had 975 supporters

We, the undersigned, believe that a restored and pedestrian-oriented re-use of the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge is crucial to the successful renewal of downtown Albany as a hub of culture, a destination for tourism, and an economic engine for southwest Georgia. 

Only by celebrating our unique local cultural heritage will we create a distinct sense of place that will be sufficient to allow our community and our economy to re-gain its leadership in the region and beyond.

Further, given the Bridge’s once revered, but now forgotten, status as a Memorial for our veterans of World War I, we urge that the Bridge be re-dedicated annually as part of a civic parade and public commemoration to all our veterans – past and present.  Only a restored Bridge devoted to non-motorized use is capable of serving as a respectable architectural landmark that honors our veterans and invites residents and visitors on foot to learn about the sacrifices and triumphs of our men and women in uniform.

A restored Bridge is vital for establishing Albany as a destination for heritage-based travel, cultural events, and eco-tourism.  As one of only seven similar open-spandrel arch bridges in the State of Georgia, our Bridge is a masterpiece of engineering that has been celebrated in postcards and photographs since its construction, and it continues to this day as an instantly recognizable image in advertising by public and private groups.  

Our city’s potential to be an exciting and vibrant community worth visiting can only be realized by raising up our riverfront as the treasure of the region.  The Bridge must be the jewel in the crown of our Riverfront Revival. Its graceful design and undulating arches will create the memorable architectural core of the area.

At the same time, the Bridge can spur improved accessibility for University students, users of the future RiverWalk expansion, downtown festivals,  marathons and other athletic events,  music performances, and environmental education regarding our river’s rich ecological resources.

The Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge is an instant downtown landmark for all who live or work or visit here. Our city’s future depends on our ability to show careful stewardship of community jewels.  Disrespecting this Bridge through demolition destroys our ability to have a vibrant future as a community.

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