Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The most dangerous things

Seattle's Viaduct is one of the top 10 most dangerous infrastructure things in the US. I guess they didn't consider the Gardner Expressway!

The trouble is that these things are 'unfixable', in the sense that they are so vital to the city, that you can't take them down. Everybody just hopes for federal money when the earthquake collapses it! Somewhat like those paper-thin dams in Katrina country.


Monado said...

Someone suggested a few years ago digging under the big bay in the Toronto waterfront and putting the Gardner Expressway into a tunnel. That would enable us to demolish the elevated parts of the Expressway and have open access to the lake for a few years before the gap was filled in with condos.

It sounded very expensive to me (maybe $2 billion per kilometer) but perhaps worth it in the long run.

Harold Asmis said...

I think with the general anti-car sentiment, they just want it to fall down on its own!