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'Happy Bridge Crossing to All:' Mayor Barnett Gets Poetic During Celebration

Did you hear him exclaim as he drove out of sight?

To Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, Monday was a lot like Christmas. 

It was the opening of the Livernois Bridge to through-traffic — a day more than a year and a half in the making. The bridge had been partially closed since February 2011 when it was found to be in advanced deteriorating condition. It was closed completely in July of this year, when a total rebuilding began. It re-opened on Monday.

See Livernois Bridge Reopens in Rochester Hills.

Barnett said that as he was thinking about what to say on Sunday night at a planned ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning, his excitement over the occasion reminded him of Christmas Eve, so he wrote this poem, which he read during the event.

‘Twas the night before the opening, right here on this bridge

Not a creature was stirring, not even a smidge

The street lights were hung - over the road with great care

In hopes that people could soon cross - from here to there

The residents were nestled all snug in their beds

While visions of reduced commute times danced in their heads

When out on the road, there arose such a clatter

I quickly called Craig Bryson to see what was the matter

The bridge was complete - it would be done in a flash

They finished on time and spent all the cash

So schedule the opening and schedule it quick

Somebody get Kohler, Jamian, Fowkes & even Erik

There are people to thank, who played part in this game.

Please know we appreciate you as I call out your name.

Now workers! Now residents! City council and crew!

Road Commission, Legislators! And even the DEQ!

Thank you for money, for hard work, and for patience this fall

Thank you, thank you, thank you all!

Well it’s done. It’s over. It’s finally through.

And I’m thinking like probably many of you

I’m getting my keys and I’ll try this bridge out

I’m clearing my throat & preparing to shout

You’ll hear me exclaim as I drive out of sight

“Happy bridge crossing to all and to construction in 2012 … Good Night!”

Are you excited about the bridge re-opening?

Kristin Bull (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Personally, after months of sighing loudly each time I have had to travel north-south in this city, this poem made me smile, Mayor Barnett. Next up: a Crooks road Haiku?
Megan McCloud Cebulski November 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Love that! He is so amazing!
doug November 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Candidly, I wish they would just quietly open all these barricades (forget the ribbon cuttings) and help all of us forget they ever happened. Driving around this area the last six months has been painful and has caused great harm to area businesses. Lets just move on.
David Oliver November 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Crooks is open too now. They opened the additional lanes today! Livernois and Crooks in one day! Woooo Whoooo! :-)
Frank D. November 06, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Well stated Doug...
Belle November 06, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I drive this road every day to work, and it is a blessing that it is finally open......
Richard Happening November 06, 2012 at 06:40 AM
This mayor has an obsession with ribbon cutting. He is 42 ribbon cuttings ahead of the number 2 mayor in Michigan so far in 2012. Congrats to him on maximizing his visibility. Not sure what that truly does for the city, but at least he is out and about.
Patricia November 06, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Agree 100%--no need to tie things up for a parody of the Night Before Christmas-we just needed the bridge open so traffic could move easier and safer saving gas and time. The taxpayers money at work.
Frank D. November 06, 2012 at 09:24 PM
A day later they close the intersection because they have to work on the traffic lights..typical planning efficiency. You do such a thing in the private sector and you are toast...

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