Burns Bridge = Tunnel of Love?

While we were driving down route 9 recently, I asked my husband what he thought of the proposals to replace the Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond.

“I’m not impressed,” says he.

“What about the so-called ‘artistic‘ one?” I asked.

“It’d be great if Worcester were the birthplace of the Hula Hoop.  It screams ‘Hula Hoop’ to me.”

“Me, too,” says I.

“What they need is something very unique, and Worcester-related.”

“Any ideas?” I asked, as we approached the bridge.

“Picture this — curved steel beams in the shape of hearts arching over the bridge at 20-foot intervals, with molded plexiglas installed between each, but only extending down about halfway on the sides, so as to not obscure the views.  The plexiglas will keep the weather off the bridge deck, thereby extending its life, and providing some shelter for pedestrians and drivers who pass through, but allowing light in. ”

(I did, indeed, picture it as we passed over the bridge.  It suggested something to me.)

“Sort of like a ‘Tunnel of Love’?” I asked.


“You’re so romantic.”

“Uh huh,” say he.

“Will you sketch it for me?”


2 thoughts on “Burns Bridge = Tunnel of Love?

  1. Tracy says:

    Probably better than barbed wire.

    • Nicole says:

      You know, barbed wire could work, too, because it would keep birds off the bridge. 🙂

      Seriously, though, part of our discussion revolved around making the bridge work well for pedestrians. There are a good number of people who walk across that bridge, and in wet weather, they invariably get splashed.

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