‘My life has changed’ – a story of resilience and healing
By David McNewPublished January 11, 2018 03:11:24This is the story of a man who had to leave his home, and his life, in order to raise funds to build a bridge to the Pacific Ocean.
David McNew, a retired US Army colonel and father of four, was looking for a place to live, and found the right place in Oregon.
“I started looking at Portland, but then I realized that there were no houses for rent,” he said.
“And I was like, I don’t know if I can afford this.
So I started looking into building a bridge.”
McNew wanted to build something out of his own time and money.
“You need to be able to put aside a little money and have it be a little thing,” he explained.
“I’ve always had this idea that you just want to have a place that’s your own, where you can have something that you’re proud of and you can live the kind of life that you want to live.”
McDonagh Bridge was born in the summer of 2021 when he was given a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to build his own bridge.
McDonag Bridge opened in late 2021.
It was originally intended to be used for a bridge over the Willamette River.
But when the river turned into the Willamina River, it became the perfect spot for the bridge.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to create a bridge that will allow us to cross this river, to cross the Willams, to pass through a very remote region of the Pacific Northwest,” said McDonag.
The construction of the bridge began in late January 2021, with construction costing $100 million.
Construction is currently scheduled to be completed by 2021.
The first major earthquake to hit Oregon in over 100 years was the devastating quake of 2016 that killed 19 people.
McDonald said the earthquake, and the ensuing tsunami, have impacted his family and their ability to survive.
“This has been a big part of my life, but I feel that it’s been the most important thing,” McDonagh said.
“To have that earthquake, it was a big shock, but it was really the tsunami that’s really changed my life.”
The bridge has since become an important asset in the lives of people living in the area.
“People don’t realize that they can get out of town, or they can go out and work, or go to school, or have a baby, or a vacation,” said McDonald.
“There’s an infrastructure out there that allows people to do all of those things.”
McDonald is now looking to use the bridge to connect the Pacific Crest Trail, and he is hopeful that the bridge will be able connect people to other areas in the Pacific.
“We can do this without having to build bridges or highways or anything like that,” he continued.
“We can actually bring people to where they need to go.
The Pacific Crest is just so important.
So we’re just hoping that this bridge is just one of those bridges, and we can be one of the few that connects the Pacific.”