Yesterday the Bridges Authority emailed me to let me know their new website is up. You can check it out at www.bridgesauthority.com.
When I perused the image gallery, the rendering below caught my eye because it's different from other renderings and the Google Map overlay on their website.
For starters, notice how the interstate ramp closest to Slugger Field goes behind the existing billboard at the far side of parking lot. But when you look at the Google overlay from ORBP website, you see it clearly goes right through the middle of the parking lot. See below:
Another "issue" I noticed is that originally there were
two streets that connected Butchertown to the waterfront, but now there's only one. Hmmm.
Exploring further, the Third Street ramp that was moved east, dumping traffic onto River Road at Waterfront Park (see below) is missing from the image on the Authority's website. Maybe they are using old rendering for some reason.
The more I explored, the more questions I had. So below I've listed the questions I emailed to the ORBP to get some answers.
Questions for the ORBP:
Does the I-64 E to I-65 S ramp go right through the Slugger Field parking lot or around the east side of the existing billboard as it appears in the rendering?
When and why was one of the streets that went under SJ from Butchertown to River Road removed from the project and was this decision made public?
Someone told me Spaghetti Junction has been reduced to 17 lanes wide. Is that true or is it still planned to be 23 lanes wide?
The current Spaghetti Junction appears to be about 300 feet wide and redesign SJ appears to be close to 600'. Is that about correct?
In the rendering on the Authority's site, why is the off ramp from 64 and 71 that dumps people onto River Road missing?
I see a short ramp that goes from Waterfront Park directly up to I-65 N on the Kennedy Bridge. Does that mean that the fastest way to go north from our central business district is to go through Waterfront Park? Also, why doesn't the ramp connect to River Road directly on the map?
Do you plan to make a video drive-thru of SJ, as you have for the two bridges?
Is the Google map overlay on the website the most current and accurate rendering? Is it up-to-date? If not, what has changed?
I'll let you know what I hear back.