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Study Recommends McBride Viaduct Be Torn Down

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What to do with the McBride Viaduct?
That's been the question of the crumbling bridge for years.

Wednesday night, the consulting firm that conducted a nearly 2 year study on the issue, unveiled their recommendations.

The consultants were talking about its future in front of a packed crowd at the Blasco Library.
The McBride Viaduct was closed back in 2010, when engineers deemed it unsafe.
The options being looked at are fixing it, replacing it, or tearing it down.
The consultants are recommending that the bridge be torn down.
That didn't sit well with a lot of tonight's crowd.

Local architect Adam Trott wants the bridge rebuilt, with an emphasis on design, usage, and history.

"Losing the viaduct loses what had been the grand gateway into that part of town, and the Bayfront connector doesn't go to the neighborhood, it goes alongside it, and past it," said Trott.

The consultants will now tweak their recommendations, before submitting them to the city.

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