There is also the super toll ten lane highway going from Mexico through Texas, OK, NB,KS, and the Dakotas to Canada. Was put on hold in late 1999, but it’s back up in works now.
Infrastructure construction in the U.S. has turned into a corrupt feeding frenzy on the part of the contractors, unions, and in California, various third parties (NGO’s) that have to be bought off in order for construction to proceed.
Healthcare costs are a huge factor in Calif, and especially the Bay Area, due to the greater incidence of lower back injuries and AIDS.
Affirmative Action: You know it when you see it.
The systematic removal of competent, mostly White men, from important leadership and engineering positions is having far reaching impacts.
In corporations, in universities, in construction and engineering.
Either they go back, women stop having a say in important matters, and we go extinct as a people. Or we fight back. First with words and mockery. And eventually we’re going to have to do more or we, as a nation of people are fucked and our posterity will live like our kin in South Africa.
I dont’ see that as a viable future for my posterity. How about you?
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C’mon now, give these people a break. Access lanes are hard to build. All those exit ramps and parking lot entrances to consider. It’s not easy, you know, like building a bridge.
I-35 from Dallas to San Antonio still isn’t complete a dozen or more years later. TxDot doesn’t seem to think this is a problem.
Construction costs 3x as much? I thought all of these companies were hiring illegals and making record profits? Better start investigating.
You’d be surprised just how many of these construction workers are loaded on booze and drugs. Often the companies won’t even pay the workers on Friday; they pay the wives on Wednesday because that’s the only way the bills will get paid. If they paid on Friday, the whole check will be gone by Sunday morning.
Good comments overall but also remember that when the GGB was built they didn’t have to worry about fifty-eleven megatons of existing infrastructure. The big problem was how to sink supportive structures in rock and how to suspend the roadway from that.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of mission critical shit underneath, atop, behind, and before every square foot of where that new access road was built…or the amount of detective work it takes to figure that out in real life (with flawed old plans and as-builts, as old plans and as-builts always are).
One of the reasons we have an infrastructure crisis is that upgrades and retrofits are much harder than starting fresh.
I deal with this stuff on a daily basis. When the GGB was built, if a phone line was cut, eh, they fixed it. Never mind roads, ductwork, water, lighting, security systems, etc. Today if voice, data, fiber, etc., get disrupted even for five minutes, it’s a major problem for somebody, and somebody often has lawyers.
And if you think this project was bad, imagine doing work in lower Manhattan where disrupting the flow of light or electrons for a tenth of a second can cost Global OmniTetraHedron 6 gorillion shekels in nanotrading.
It’s impossible to build anything these days without decades of court battles, environmental wackos, etc. New expressways desperately need to be built, an I-480 bypass south of Chicago and Lake Michigan in Indiana is needed for decades to take the long distance traffic off the overloaded Kingery Borman Freeways but nothing will ever get built. These hipster knuckleheads want everybody riding around on bicycles, never mind the fact that anything over a mile in anything but San Diego weather is just one tad less demanding than Frodo’s Journey to toss the ring into the Volcano. Yet you see these hipsters these days pedaling away on a narrow, traffic filled four lane major urban thruway, “demanding” their “right” to the road. Any wonder when idiots like this inevitably get flattened like a pancake under an 18 wheeler.
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