Okay, we have all used the bridge as an excuse for being late. How many times have we approached that span in the bridge with trepidation glanced down at our watch only to confirm what we already knew - the minute hand was nearing the dreaded half hour mark. Is my watch a few minutes fast? Will I make it over the metal grate span before the lights begin to flash and the bells alarm? Who will win today driver or draw bridge? Whew, I just made it by two cars. I'm lucky today, I would think to myself, I beat the bridge!