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Is that the sound of hundreds of millions of dollars being wasted I hear over on the Wisconsin border?
"The project will replace the 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge." -- Actually, the state of MN will continue maintaining and operating the lift bridge, to the tune of hundreds of thousands if not millions, for pedestrians.
Thank goodness, it's about time. This bridge would have been already paid for if we would have built it 30 years ago when it was first proposed.
Two words - Toll bridge.
'bout time this get this started. Should've been done a long time ago, but of course the enviro-nazis had to hold things up. If it makes you feel better, think of all the gas and emissions that will be saved due to less idling while waiting to cross the river. You guys can't see the forest because you are staring at the tree.
drgolf, take a trip to eastern europe, china, or south america and see the effects of not having those enviro-nazis around. You'll never luv 'em, but you'll learn to tolerate.
The Stillwater lift bridge was only 20 years old when people realized the need for a new bridge. That's how long we've waited. If all the environmentalists hadn't used every stalling tactic in the book we could have gotten it built for around $200 million back in the 1990s, so I think we should send them a bill for the difference, plus $13.00 an hour for every person-hour lost in traffic since then.
Actually back in 1990, the whole project was projected to cost $90 million (Approach work and bridge) but thanks to the lawsuits with inflation, the tens of millions in additional mitigation measures, and constant re-designs the project ballooned to today's price. If we had just built it back then we would have had the same result and wouldn't have to pay such an exorbitant amount. This is another 35E parkways that is 45 mph and no trucks lawsuit where the few punish the rest of us.
I hear that sound every month on welfare/WIC day. At least the new bridge is a COMMON good.
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