Longview, Washington: Nutty Narrows - Squirrel Bridges
- Olympia Way, Longview, WA
- I-5 to the Hwy 432 (Tennant Way) exit, head west. At Hwy 433 (15th Ave.), turn north. At Olympia Way, make a left to Longview's downtown traffic circle. Drive around the circle and continue a block further west on Olympia Way. Look up.
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One town's engineered solution to traffic fatalities among the local squirrel population. Two new bridges were added in 2012 and 2013. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Nutty Narrows - Squirrel Bridges
A third squirrel bridge was built in Longview in early 2013. The bridge is on Nichols Blvd directly across from R.A. Long High School. I needed a bridge just to take photographs from the center of the street, so I know that the squirrels must need one, holy cow! Retired attorney John Dick of Longview designed the bridge but passed away before he could see it installed. The bridge is dedicated to John Dick.[Charlotte Briones, 07/13/2013]
A second squirrel bridge was built in Longview in 2011 in honor of murder victim Bruce Kamp. The bridge is on the 1300 block of Kessler Blvd, almost parallel to a third bridge on the other side of Lake Sacajawea Park, and across from R.A. Long High School.[Charlotte Briones, 07/13/2013]
There is now a 2nd squirrel bridge in Longview, located on Kessler Blvd. A 3rd bridge design has been approved and the model will be revealed during the 2012 Squirrel Festival on August 25th.[Jeni Quiriconi, 02/23/2012]
The Nutty Narrows Bridge was moved once again in 2010, back to very near its original location on Olympia Way. The reinstallation and rededication of the landmark bridge was done amid much fanfare, including high school cheerleaders chanting squirrel chants, white doves, a blessing by an Episcopal priest and a speech by the mayor.
Now the Longview Sandbaggers are planning the Longview Squirrel Fest on August 6, 2011. It will include a Criterium Bicycle Race, street dance, unveiling of the World's First Covered Squirrel Bridge, parade, One Mile backwards Fun Run, Beer and Wine tasting, Cowlitz BlackBears College Summer League Baseball game, and Terry Taylor Neighborhood 180 home Garage Sale![Patrick Kubin, President Longview Sandbaggers, 05/17/2011]