February 2009 Archives
This articleÂ in the January 29th Scientific American should be mandatory reading for a few folks in town.
We like reading scientific journals that say things like:
"closing a highway--that is, reducing network capacity--
improves the system's effectiveness."
This fact was made clear in our local example when KYTC's "8664" Traffic Study showed thatÂ an East End Bridge Only solutionÂ performed as wellÂ as the "two-bridge solution" that would cost twice as much and expand Spaghetti Junction to 23 lanes wide.
Here's a nice quote for our friends inÂ Washington (Helloooo, Congressman Yarmuth!):
"As the Obama administration prepares to invest in the biggest public works project since the construction of the interstate highway system, the notion that fewer, more inclusive roads yield better results is especially timely."
Good stuff. Read the entire article.Â
It's worth checking out theÂ New Downtown Bridge Fly-over video. Stop the video at 0:17 and you'll see that their rendering actually shows I-64 dropping to grade across the waterfront.Â Great idea!Â Clearly this wasn't intended.
So what portion of the rendering did they intentionally leave out? We'll give you a hint, it represents more than half the cost of the Bridges Project but it's not a bridge. You guessed it, theÂ 23 lane Spaghetti Junction.
40 years - the East End Bridge has been in the region's transportation plan
32,000 - Spaghetti Junction's current daily truck traffic
23 - lanes of traffic in the proposed expanded Spaghetti Junction,Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â years Mayor Abramson has successfully delayed the East End Bridge
75 feet - I-64 would be widened by this amount over the Great Lawn
1/2Â - the cost of 8664 versus the Ohio River Bridges Project (ORBP),
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â the number of bridges 8664 requires compared to ORBP
$2,000,000,000 - the cost for 23 lanes of Spaghetti Junction
0 - reasons toÂ build a massive interchange onÂ Louisville's waterfront
6 lanes - the width of I-64 thru Cherokee Park in KYTC's traffic models
"12" - people who donated a total of $2M to RF to stop the East End Bridge
$60,000 - the cost of KYTC's study that failed to study 8664
1 - US Congressmen living near the path of the East End Bridge
Â Â Â Â CJ Editor living near the path of the East End Bridge
4 or 5 - toll bridges in Louisville with ORBP
8664 - better, cheaper and fasterÂ than the ORBP