I’m so upset. A friend just forwarded “breaking news” from al.com – apparently the DOT has put the kibosh on the northern alternative route for the new Mobile River bridge. As you will learn if you plow through the linked article, they’ve been trying to get a bridge built down here for like 15 years. The Wallace tunnel (the one on I-10) gets all backed up at rush hour, because of all the white people who work in Mobile but live over on the Eastern Shore so their kids won’t have to go to school with teh Negroes. (There, I’m so mad I just out and said it.)
Plus, the entrance is really, really crappily designed. There are accidents. There is congestion. There are bottlenecks! and the DOT really, really wants to build a nice new bridge, if possible directly over the tunnel. This would put the shadow of a hulking 200-foot high structure right over the historic buildings the tunnel was designed to spare in the first place, which is why the historic preservation folks are fighting it. More importantly (if you’re not a fluted-column-hugger) it would really, really hurt our maritime industry. They have formed a group to fight the bridge, and for a while it looked like the DOT might see sense and reroute traffic to a northern-er bridge that we already have, but no, that just won’t do.
The maritime interests have vowed to fight it in the courts. Which could easily take another fifteen years, and maybe by then we’ll have those flying cars and we won’t need a bridge after all.
Moronic commenters on al.com complaining that all the arguing is “typical Mobile” and pointing out that Greensboro eight-laned their Interstate without any fuss. Gee, commenter, did they CRIPPLE a major industry when they did it? Thought not.