Denton – Work on the Route 328 bridge over Tuckahoe Creek on State Route 328, connecting Caroline and Talbot counties, is sorta still on schedule to maybe be completed probably about the time it was originally guestimated to be completed, according to Bunky Skipton, the project foreman since the bridge work began in 1947.
“The current bridge was supposed to be a temporary bridge while we worked on the real bridge. We done built it out of paper maché and bubble gum,” said Skipton, referring the bridge that is currently used by thousands of brave people each day. “We figure we keep workin' on the new bridge 'til it gets too cold—when it drops below 60 degrees—and we'll be back workin' in the spring when the temperatures are between 60 degrees and 70 degrees. After that it gets too hot for my men,” said the octogenarian. Skipton went on to say that his men have worked tirelessly on the bridge upwards of three weeks each year since 1947.
The idea for the bridge began in the spring of 1945 when Skipton and his friends wondered what exotic lands lay beyond the mighty Tuckahoe Creek. “We was pretty drunked up on beer and we's thought it would be nice to see what was over there. We figured we would find dinosaurs, Indians and maybe a truck stop over there.” For the next two years, Skipton and his friends held fundraisers to raise the money to build the bridge. “We basically bought a keg and made people pay to get a cup. Worked like a charm,” said the visibly inebriated Skipton.
When bridge work began back in 1947, workers knew that they were going to have to build a drawbridge to accommodate the enormous amount of yacht and tall sailboat traffic that the upper reaches of the Tuckahoe receives on a yearly basis. “You ever try to make a paper mache drawbridge?” asked Skipton. “It's a real bitch.”
The area that stands to benefit the most from the new bridge is the territory of Delaware. [Delaware's governor claims the territory is a state, but as of press time this reporter could not confirm the report.] Delaware is expecting the new bridge to help generate hundreds of dollars from tourism, which they're hoping to use to buy a new slot machine for their casino. “These are exciting times for Delaware,” said Governor Markell. “We're hoping to show people all of the things this great state has to offer, such as um, well, let's see, um, well, they'll just have to come see. I can't tell you all of the great things we have. It would ruin the surprise.”
Work on the bridge is currently suspended for the holidays, but will resume again from April 4th – April 6th, 2012, weather permitting. The expected completion date currently sits at August 9th, 2025.