Friday, October 8, 2010

Politicians find a new constituency fit for public funding - riders

While hundreds of Massachusetts bridges are in need of serious repairs, one bridge is being replaced even though nothing heavier than a horse is expected to go over it.

The span known as the horse bridge crosses over Route 24 in Randolph and is being rebuilt for $4.6 million, up from its original price tag of $2.6 million. It connects one portion of the 238-acre Blue Hills Reservation with another.

The project is good news for riding enthusiasts who want their bridge back.

"I was psyched. I thought, Whoo-hoo, new bridge!" said Amy Mullin, who owns the nearby Blazing Saddles Equestrian Center.

She makes no apologies for being in favor of the bridge's reconstruction.

"How many other misappropriations have been given through the state for financial funding" she said. "You can ride here for an hour, an hour-and-a-half on this side. It's fun but it gets boring. But once that bridge is back, you can ride five, six hours."

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