According to the paper,
The council is scheduled to take an afternoon field trip before its next River Crossing work session. The session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway NE....“The tour is going to take them to a couple of locations where the bridge facility will take off and land,” [Public Works Director Peter] Fernandez said. “Its purpose is for them to see what the locations look like today and what the possible impacts of a structure may be.”It will be great for Councilors to see a grounded and richer dimension of existing conditions.
|The intersection of Commercial and Pine at dusk in winter|
|Site map and key to Alternative 4D at bridgeheads in Highland|
|Back Side of OK Tire at Commercial and Pine|
But it backs onto an empty field, and depending on your perspective you may find the hubcap roof a charming example of the vernacular or something trashy. Some owners might welcome the opportunity to relocate or cash out. Or maybe expand with the bridgeheads. We don't necessarily know.
|Specialty Wood Products Business at Front and Pine|
|Burned out strip club at Front and Pine|
|DeMuniz Center at Liberty and Pine|
Just a few streets in on Hickory, there are's a mix of housing stock in a neighborhood that would be badly impacted by the viaduct and additional auto and truck traffic.
|Century-old Farmhouse, potentially eligible for the National Register|
|Mission Street Overpass barrier|
|Dead zone under bridge and viaduct|
Imagine the headaches if we are forced to start all over again because of our inability to envision our region beyond a 4A local bridge.And critics easily rejoin: "Imagine our region and our folly if we spend an unnecessary billion dollars on a super-sized bridge it turns out we don't need."
It's an easy choice between two "mistakes"! In the worst case, one costs a few million dollars in headache. The folly is nearly incalculable, a minimum of two orders of magnitude in dollars, and priceless in a whole lot of disruption. It's hard to see how business people at the Chamber can assess risk like this.
For more on the River Crossing / Third Bridge see a summary critique and all breakfast blog notes tagged River Crossing. The No Third Bridge advocates also have lots of useful information.