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How much has this white elephant boondoggle cost the taxpayers since its inception?
URS pay that bill yet?
When will the city file suit against URS for delivering a defective bridge design? And what city and county employees are being disciplined for approving the faulty engineering in the first place?
Money well spent when your government has such a massive surplus!
How about a couple of $50k decorative drinking fountains to bookend this critical bridge?
This bridge has saved countless lives that would otherwise have been lost to dangerous crossing conditions at Hiawatha Ave. Not to mention the fact that it further reduces area traffic by converting car commuters to bike commuters -saving tax dollars on highway construction/maintainance. When you throw in the corresponding reduction in air pollution, lower health costs, healthier riders, stopping climate change, it all adds up to an incredible value that makes me proud to be a MN taxpayer.
stared - Poorly designed? Yes. Boondoggle? No. This bridge was sorely needed to complete the ped/bike infrastructure in the city. If you wanna see a boondoggle bridge, look no further than what they're erecting just downriver from Stillwater.
The bridge saved countless lives?
We are so screwed.
You can bet that fewer people have ever used this monstrosity than ride the North Star line. An absolute waste of money.
"This bridge has saved countless lives" I believe that as much as I believe obama saved us from a great depression. You can't prove either but act as if it is fact.
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