Author Topic: The Mathews Bridge: historic or an expensive relic?  (Read 4625 times)

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Re: The Mathews Bridge: historic or an expensive relic?
« Reply #45 on: November 21, 2021, 08:22:47 PM »
^ If a twin bridge is built, does that cost $1 billion or only if the existing bridge is removed and replaced by one 2+ times bigger?

And, I agree, the money is out there (see U2C).  It's all about priorities.  As to JTA vs. FDOT, both depend quite a bit on Federal dollars.  It could just come down to who can make the best case for directing the Fed's dollars, assuming politicos don't distort the process.  I would imagine, politically speaking, the bridge would be far more popular than a project like U2C so, even in the world of politics, it should come out on top.

The underlying issue is that our visionless "leaders" aren't even talking about it.

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Re: The Mathews Bridge: historic or an expensive relic?
« Reply #46 on: November 21, 2021, 10:16:23 PM »
If only that freighter had hit the bridge just a few feet over ... [assuming no one was hurt or killed]

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Re: The Mathews Bridge: historic or an expensive relic?
« Reply #47 on: November 21, 2021, 10:25:14 PM »
^ If a twin bridge is built, does that cost $1 billion or only if the existing bridge is removed and replaced by one 2+ times bigger?

And, I agree, the money is out there (see U2C).  It's all about priorities.  As to JTA vs. FDOT, both depend quite a bit on Federal dollars.  It could just come down to who can make the best case for directing the Fed's dollars, assuming politicos don't distort the process.  I would imagine, politically speaking, the bridge would be far more popular than a project like U2C so, even in the world of politics, it should come out on top.

The underlying issue is that our visionless "leaders" aren't even talking about it.

I always assumed it would be a new span and that there would be efforts to keep the existing structure in place since it's structurally sound and historic in its own right. Either new or a replacement, that span would touch down deeper both into the Eastside and Arlington.
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