Are we talking like these are equivalent to the I-35 Minneapolis bridge that went down?
Maybe. It's pretty rickety and kinda scary to think that close to 100k cars drive over it a day. Even more scary is that the Centennial Bridge is supposedly in the worst condition of the QC bridges (although they are closing it for over a month to do repairs starting next month).
I worked on some very preliminary alignments in the early 80's. At that time it was envisioned just upstream from the Government bridge. Planning in earnest really started in the 90's. A $1.4B project doesn't get built overnight. With over $150M spent to date and the vast majority funded, it is going to happen.
Taxpayers are actually going to save money by seeing it built in 3.5 years instead of the original plan of 5 years. That is at a cost of major headaches during construction. Back to original question, anybody considering a new job in the QC should try to live on the side of the River you are going to be working in. Rock Island is a bit of a pit, but you can get a hell of a house for $150K.
Just stay south of the hill around 18th Ave and east of 11th St and it's fine!
I thought I typed 67. Apparently I missed the 7 key when I was typing.
I did make an error by referring to it as the toll bridge. It was 11 years ago that I moved away, and haven't driven across the Centennial since then. That's cool that it's not a toll bridge anymore.
I think they kind of had to - why would you pay to take the Centennial Bridge when the Government Bridge is a few blocks away and is free? Which means the Government Bridge was getting more traffic than it was designed for and had the nasty habit of being closed because the span was swung open to let a barge pass through. But ever since they made the Centennial Bridge free, it's become functionally obsolete as it now carries a lot more traffic than it was designed for.
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