Monica Wooton’s excellent article on the Magnolia Bridge and the priority it has been given by the city should be a wakeup call for the neighborhood (“New Year’s resolution to replace the Magnolia Bridge?” Jan. 28).

Two comments. First, there are five bridges that connect Magnolia to civilization. The question the paper may want to explore is the sufficiency and earthquake status of all five. The Bridge Sufficiency rating noted in the Wooton article ranks Magnolia as the third-worst out of 120 rated. The Dravus railroad bridge is ninth-worst. I could not find the Emerson railroad bridge. Dravus over 15th [Avenue] is in the middle of the pack. [The] Emerson viaduct is higher but built 56 years ago, before more recent earthquake studies.

What is the city’s plan if we lose both railway bridges and the Magnolia Bridge?

Second, the city is currently preparing a renewal of the Bridging the Gap property-tax levy for this fall’s ballot. It probably will be called, “The Gap was Bigger than We Thought.” The paper should editorialize that its support for the levy will be conditioned by a serious commitment to the bridge issue.

If there is no concern on the loss of Magnolia voters, the city policy will continue as [Seattle City] Councilmember Bagshaw was quoted [as saying the council will] “continue to monitor the situation.” I guess the current policy is to wait for the earthquake and replace the Magnolia Bridge with federal money. This begs the issue of Dravus and Emerson and any ability to cross the tracks, except by walking or driving.

Bill Stafford, Magnolia