As the videos load, I wanted to share some pics from the Rally at the Bascule this afternoon. Organized by Rev. Brad Donahue, the rally’s intent was to get ODOT’s attention, and slap them to the realization that while the ‘needed part delay’ is just a delay to them, it is a tremendous hardship on the citizens and, especially, the businesses in downtown Lorain, and those on the East side.
Slated to be shutdown over the summer months to ‘avoid having to reroute buses and schoolkids’, the bridge has been stuck in the up-position, with no definitive date for reopening. City leaders and business owners, with a handful of supportive citizens attended, along with a lot of press coverage. The Lorain blog scene was well represented by Loraine Ritchey, Buster’s Momma and Brian Hazelett.
Mike Kennedy of Kennedy’s Billiards, Mary Grasso, and Paulette Sutton all spoke to the news media about the hardships Lorain is enduring due to the lack of communication and explanation from ODOT.
A scene we’re too used to seeing right now.
Signs, signs, everyone’s got signs
Rev. Donahue before the Rally began
Brian Hazelett shaking hands with Mark Ballard (representing Congresswoman Betty Sutton), and Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko
2nd Ward Council Dennis Flores
Anne Molnar and Obie Shelton (Obie’s on the left)
A very concerned crowd