Anodyne to Host Open Mic; Marsupial Bridge Left Hanging for New Bids

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Zach Nelson recently caught the open mic bug at Bremen Cafe. Zach has been working summers doing land stewardship for a land trust on its properties north of Milwaukee County. He likes the Milwaukee scene, and since he is currently working at Anodyne, he decided to organize an open mic evening. Saturdays, beginning February 21, check out the Open Mic at Anodyne, 1208 E. Brady St. from 7-10 p.m. Contact Zach at scuffedshoe for more information or just show up before 7 and sign up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The bids for construction of the La Dallman Architects-designed “marsupial” bridge hanging under the Holton Street viaduct came in substantially over the estimated cost. Mike Loughran, City Project Engineer and member of the Mayor’s Bike Task Force, reports that adjustments will be made to the bid proposals that should lower the costs, and new requests for bids will be sent out. Since we are in mid-winter, the process should not result in major delays for the project as long as the revised bids meet the funding available to construct the bridge. Loughran says landscaping on the south landing of the bridge will be cut back and a different source for landscaping funding will be investigated. He also reports that the money for lighting the structure will remain in the bid. That’s a good thing as lighting is a key element in the design.
by Vince Bushell