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The Nutty Narrows Bridge was built in 1963 by a local builder, Amos Peters, to give squirrels a way to cross the busy road without getting flattened by passing cars.
The original bridge was built over Olympia Way on the west edge of the library grounds. Before the bridge was built, squirrels had to avoid traffic to and from the Park Plaza office building where office staff put out a nutty feast for the squirrels. Many times, Peters and others who worked in and near Park Plaza witnessed squirrels being run over.
One day Peters found a dead squirrel with a nut still in its mouth, and that day’s coffee break discussion turned into squirrel safety. The group of businessmen cooked up the squirrel bridge idea and formed a committee to ask the blessing of the City Council.The Council approved, and Council woman Bess La Riviere jokingly named the bridge “Nutty Narrows.”
Why does the author use "jokingly" to describe the name "Nutty Narrows"? Is there any sense of joke in the name? What does the name mean?
I think the use of "Nutty" might also be considered amusing here as I imagine that some people might consider anyone who builds a walkway for squirrels to be a bit "nutty" (crazy, BrE).
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.
I'd go with Gil's interpretation.
Nutty Narrows Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This bridge is in Washington state, which is also the location of the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which collapsed 4 months after opening, due to resonance caused by winds travelling through the narrows.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse "Gallopin' Gertie" - YouTube