Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Don't You Just Love America?

Commuter to detonate DC bridge Monday night
Mon Aug 28, 2:37 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A detested bridge that has plagued generations of Washingtonians will be blown up by a long-suffering commuter on Monday night.
The Wilson bridge has long been one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in a region notorious for gridlock. Backups can stretch for miles when the drawbridge is raised 270 times per year to let boats through.
A local man who has crossed the bridge for 30 years as part of his two-hour commute won a contest to detonate a half-mile section. Dan Ruefly of Accokeek, Maryland, had his hip crushed in an accident on the bridge in 1999. He leaves his home at 5 a.m. each week day to avoid the worst of the traffic.


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