A bridge too far?
Not for Bill Campbell
on top of the worldor at least a bridgehas always been
a goal for Bill Campbell 95. Bridges are probably
the earliest passion I have ever had in my life, said Campbell.
For me, when I see a bridge, I want to experience it from
every vantage point possible.
He finally got his chance. The New York City Department of Transportation
told Campbell that all he needed was a permit and a million dollar
insurance policy to climb any of their bridges.
On October 7, 1997, Campbell, wearing everyday clothes and sneakers,
went to climb the Brooklyn Bridge. The NY Port Authority provided
him with safety gear, gloves and an ironworker for a guide. It
was an ideal first bridge. The angle of ascent and curvature of
the cables is very gradual, and the top of the bridge is flat,
said Campbell. Less than a year later, he also climbed the Manhattan
Bridge on May 18, 1998.
For Campbell, who is a court aide in Camden Countys Hall of
Justice, the best job would be anything that will allow me
to be around bridges. His part-time job, raising the drawbridge
for Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad, is a step in the right direction.
Campbells next goal is to climb the Ben Franklin Bridge. He
hasnt received permission yet from the Delaware River Port
Authority, but hes optimistic. As long as Im alive,
there is still a possibility that they will allow me to live out
my dream, he said.