Thursday, September 18, 2008

I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis: 11 Months To Build It

Only in America.

7 Comments:

At 9/18/2008 6:54 PM, Anonymous Ryan said...

Except in New York City. It's been 7 years since the towers fell and there has yet to be any meaningful rebuilding of that site. Perhaps this is more of an indication of the private rather than public sector's capability for getting things accomplished. The bridge is impressive nonetheless.

 
At 9/18/2008 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh! Godzilla!

 
At 9/19/2008 12:46 AM, Blogger randian said...

I recall talk about putting in fewer lanes than the old bridge and adding a light-rail line across it, deliberately increasing congestion in order to manufacture demand for light rail. Did that end up happening?

 
At 9/19/2008 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 months??? - seems more like 13 to me.

 
At 9/19/2008 8:52 AM, Blogger Mark J. Perry said...

11 months for the construction.

 
At 9/19/2008 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a $20 million incentive to finish it quickly???

 
At 9/19/2008 2:29 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> Except in New York City. It's been 7 years since the towers fell and there has yet to be any meaningful rebuilding of that site.

Well, that's the wonders of a union-oriented state for you.

I remember being in Penn Station in the late 80s. I was leaving and headed for JFK airport. NP -- there's the JFK Express (which, despite being an "Express" managed to take 90+ minutes)... So, I'm in Penn, and there's this sign -- "This way to the JFK Express". I walk along, another sign, same thing. Then I come to a dead end, except for some unlikely access to another set of trains. I ask the ticket seller. Never heard of what I'm talking about. And there's no sign or signal of how to get to this now-possibly-mythical JFK Express. OK, I must have missed a sign or something, so I go back and find the second "This way" sign, and head in the direction it pointed, slower and more carefully looking for any missed instructions. Nope. Same endpoint, no sign. I ask around, no one has any clue what I am talking about.

Finally I ask one guy, who says, "Oh, yeah, that's pointing to a connecting tunnel that was removed about 7 or 8 years ago."

Union workers. Ya gotta love 'em, right? Right?

S:-/

 

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