Cos Cob, Connecticut on Mianus River Bridge
Ok Road Trippers, upcoming is a Road Test, so pay attention. Here are the Fast Facts. You are now driving across the Mianus River Bridge above commercial buildings in Old Greenwich and Cos Cob. Nowadays not investing in America's infrastructure is a hall mark of our Congress. In 1983, the Bridge on which you drive, collapsed. Yup, the entire northbound side fell in. Three people were killed and three others were seriously injured. Casualties from the collapse were few because the disaster occurred at one thirty in the morning when traffic was low. Perhaps in some kind of Karmic revenge the one car that drove off the bridge was a recently stolen BMW containing the 3 car thieves. All the occupants died in the fall.
In the nineteen fifties, investing in Connecticut’s infrastructure meant short term costs for smart long term gains. So while Connecticut lost many wartime factories following the end of hostilities, by investing in Highways, the state shared in a general post-war expansion that resulted in solid growth in suburban areas.
One strong supporter of Long-term Infrastructure improvements was Greenwich native, Senator Prescott Bush. In conjunction with Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, Senator Bush saw the need to invest in a coast to coast Interstate Highway system.
Senator Bush represented Connecticut in the United States Senate from 1952 to 1963; his son George Herbert Walker Bush and grandson George Bush both would become Presidents. Now for the road test: What was Senator Bush's first name?
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