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IIRC, one of the reasons given 5 years ago for the traffic oval/circles was to slow down traffic coming off the bridge.

It should also be noted that the EIS/plans for a 6-lane bridge were made WITH the expectation that we'd already be getting a new 11th St Bridge. I'd hazard a bet that SW/Yards Park-area densification plus future development at Poplar Point is why DDOT thought they needed 6 lanes on a new bridge.

Lastly, the existing bridge is borderline decrepit. While a $120-150 million rehab might look tempting to a budget-conscious Council, there'll likely be the need of such rehabs more frequently if we retain the existing bridge. I'm of the opinion that it'd be more cost-effective to replace the existing bridge, ESPECIALLY if the Navy and Coast Guard agree that a drawspan is no longer needed.

by Froggie on Jan 2, 2013 4:46 pm • linkreport

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