Monday, August 06, 2007

Forrest Block and Bridges

Forrest block project delayed, not dead -QCTimes

I know there were a lot of people wondering what was up with this project during Bix weekend. It would have been nice to have had an article in the Bix Sunday paper explaining to all the out-of-towners what the deal was. I was pretty sure this project was still on track, but its nice to see more official confirmation.


And in the random links category, thanks to Ask QCOnline for pointing out a pretty cool website, Bridges of the Upper Mississippi. I spent almost half an hour checking out bridges between Red Wing, Minnesota and Cairo, Illinois. Seeing some of the neat designs really makes you wonder how they managed to pick such a boring bridge for the I-80 crossing, considering the number of vehicles that use that daily. The design for the new I-74 bridge puts most of them to shame at least.

7 Comments:

At 8/06/2007 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The design for the new 74 bridge sucks. For the money we could have had a Calatrava bridge and those are sweet

 
At 8/06/2007 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care what it looks like as long as they build it some day before I die - and it's safe.

 
At 8/06/2007 1:41 PM, Blogger Matt said...

What don't you like about it?

 
At 8/07/2007 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's to long and to high.

 
At 8/07/2007 3:54 PM, Blogger john said...

The design is boring. It just looks like any other bridge. If we are spending the money anyway why not spend a little extra and hire an architect to design a bridge which people would come to see. Seville's Calatrava bridge is an attraction in and of itself. Plus an awesome bridge would really add to the urban atmosphere were trying to create here

 
At 8/07/2007 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reality is that the people in the central city did tell you so and we weren't listened to. The staff at city hall during the past 5 years who approved the money to this group should be fired. No, maybe 10 years back. The Community and Economic Development agency has a long history of incest with this organization. It goes way back to the Courtland days. JLCS has a LONG history of mismanaging money and the city just keeps handing it to them.

 
At 8/07/2007 9:07 PM, Blogger pioneer98 said...

I don't know, the design is growing on me. I think it will be at least as appealing as the current bridge, and obviously WAY more functional. Right now we've got the only true suspension bridge across the Mississippi, and if/when this new one is built, we'll have the only true-arch bridge across the Mississippi. Here is a rendering of it:
http://tinyurl.com/2x4s5v

 

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