This bridge really cost $800,000 of taxpayer money

This past weekend, Jersey City unveiled its new footbridge linking Liberty State Park with Jersey Ave. The old, worn, lopsided bridge was washed away by Hurricane Sandy. This new bridge came with a price tag of $800,000.

This bridge really cost $800,000 of taxpayer money
This bridge really cost $800,000 of taxpayer money

As you can see, this pre-made bridge looks like something you can buy at Home Depot. I understand that some work had to be done on the roadway to be able to install the bridge properly, but $800,000!? I don’t care if the federal government is picking up most of the tab. I’m still wondering who pocketed the other $700,000. Our mayor-elect is taking credit for the bridge, but doesn’t seem to care about the price tag.

Prior to being installed. It just sat there for a few weeks
Prior to being installed. It just sat there for a few weeks

Anyway, Memorial Day provided some great weather for a bike ride through the park. Of course, after a few days of rain and cold temperatures, everyone decided Monday was a great day to spend in the park. There was a lot of traffic. Not being one for crowds or really slow bike rides, I decided to cut my ride short and enjoy a little grilling.

Beautiful day to enjoy the park
Beautiful day to enjoy the park

I didn’t take any photos of my grilled dinner, but it was delicious. Marinated steak with dried chili peppers, mirin, soy sauce, grated ginger and garlic, and a little oil. Wonderful flavor and spice.LSP-skyline1

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