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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

Hoan Spared Downsizing--For Now.

Hoan Bridge, Patricia Jursik, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Department of Transportation, Peter Beitzel

Interesting article on page 3B of today's Journal Sentinel. Apparently, the six-lane wide, 125-feet high Hoan Bridge will not be regressed to a four-lane, 45-feet high equivilent of a drawbridge for the forseeable future (a few decades).

Instead, the Hoan will most likely be resurfaced, reenforced and repainted. The reason? Not enough time to do a full bridge-replacement study before preparation needs to begin for the repairs, which have to get underway by 2011 to avoid certain traffic restrictions.

That appears to be the conclusion of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which was aired Wednesday at a Milwaukee Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon panel discussion featuring Save-the-Hoan Bridge advocate Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik and replacement proponent Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce vice president  Peter Beitzel.

Way to go, Supervisor Jursik. Let's hope that when the bridge has to be replaced 40-or-so years hence, the unanswered questions, including what the real total cost of the MMAC-backed lift-bridge propsal would be will be disclosed. Of course by then, we could all be driving hovercraft.

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