Students say bridge can be dodgy
Mar 6 2013
By Ryan Stratton
Is it water under the bridge when it comes to public safety?
The bridge connecting Bear Creek Greenway to Rogue Community College, between Almond Street and Riverside Avenue, can be dangerously slippery when crossing on a cold morning, or with a little bit of moisture, students say.
Rebecca Dunphy, a student at RCC, walks across the bridge four days a week. Whether it’s raining, snowing, or icy, she said she doesn’t feel safe when crossing, adding it was very dangerous.
Cara McClellan, another student who regularly uses the bridge, agreed.
“It can be very hazardous, and I don’t feel comfortable when crossing,” she said.
RCC student Edward Downing said he fell on the bridge three or four years ago.
Corry Crebbin, director of public works for the City of Medford, said about six years ago when the bridge was installed, he received a few complaints from residents. Since then, he has not received any complaints.
He also said the bridge meets safety specifications.
Recently, a sign was put up warning of the potential danger. It reads, Foot Bridge Slippery When Wet.”
RCC student Ryan Stratton can be reached at Ryan.Stratton.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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