As the new
Skidaway Island bridge opens, the old drawbridge is coming down piece by piece.
So what happens to
the people who work those mechanical bridges?
Don't worry, everyone who worked on the drawbridge works for Chatham
County Public Works and will be transferred to the last remaining drawbridge in
the county, the Sam Varnadoe Bridge, or another department, but one man has a
special relationship with the old Skidaway drawbridge.
Pablo Vasquez has
worked on, in, and around the bridge for over 28 years. He came from Belize and worked in the booth
on the bridge for almost five years, then worked his way up to bridge
supervisor, but he says it wasn't easy.
months, I almost gave up, but my supervisor told me to hang in there; stick
with it," he said.
He says working
nights was rough, but he loved the job and all the mechanical aspects of it.
"When I came
here, it was a new adventure. It [may] not look like an adventure to somebody,
but it's an adventure to me," he said.
With that adventure
came the ups and downs.
"We got it all,
we got it all. [People] throw eggs at us, knock our windows out, shoot at us,"
But the upside were
the people who passed under the bridge.
"They commend us
on our bridges, that we're the best and we open real quick and they don't have to
He even loved what
others hated; when the bridge would get stuck.
Vasquez says it happened so frequently in the end, he always kept spare
parts for that very occasion.
He was proud that he taught himself to fix those
problems, cutting down the time the bridge would be closed.
Even though he's
spent a better part of thirty years on this bridge, he says he'll miss all but
won't miss the complaints, but it comes with the territory."
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