3:30pm Update: DW from Waldport reports that ODOT has removed Spiderman. People around Waldport report seeing him on other signs, in a fishing boat, and at the Drift Creek R/V Park. Unfortunately, ODOT has taken possession of him so his roving days may be over.
While the nation sat gripped in financial near-panic over the debt ceiling (or was it Oprah’s “Summer wardrobe survival guide”), someone with a bit of healthy levity decided to make his or her thoughtful comment on it all by putting a Spiderman figure on an upper rung of the Waldport Bridge during the night. One might assume that the message might be “Fear not the unknown, for Spiderman is here to protect us.”
One wonders what kind of safety gear the perpetrator of commuter entertainment might have used to secure the comic book character which is high enough off the pavement to pose a serious threat to one’s life at the hint of a slip. It’s not known if ODOT has been alerted to the unauthorized adornment of the bridge. Certainly qualifying as a serious driving distraction, the continued presence of the figure on the bridge is surely in doubt.
9:55 am Update
ODOT’s Rick Little tells NewsLincolnCounty.com that the Spiderman figure is a highway safety distraction and that they will be soon taking it down. However, in order to remove the figure they will need to bring in a high enough cherry-picker truck to allow one of their electricians to remove it. Nothing local will go that high, so Little says they’ve dispatched a beefy cherry-picker with a platform from Salem to do the removal. So by day’s end, Spiderman will likely be removed and returned to Gotham where he would be expected to do a better job of protecting the country from the derivatives market and credit-default swaps among Wall Street brokerage houses, since the effectiveness of the newly launched Consumer Protection Agency has been called into question.