Friday, December 28, 2012

Ouch, indeed: ORBP makes the short list of "awful" transportation projects.

Here are the ones to watch: SunRail (Orlando); METROrail Expansion (Houston); New Little River Canyon Bridge (Alabama); and Bike Missoula (Montana).

The stinkers? That'd be the Jefferson Parkway (Denver); Trinity River Parkway (Dallas); I-269 (Memphis) ... and yes, right in our own backyard ...

4 Great Transportation Projects to Watch (and 4 Awful Ones), by Eric Jaffe (The Atlantic Cities -- Places Matter)

I-265 Bridge (Indiana and Kentucky)

"It is the epitome of a classic highway boondoggle," writes Sierra of the $2.6 billion Interstate 265 bridge that connects Indiana and Kentucky over the Ohio River. Earlier this year the federal government gave the green light to a part of the project that involves tunneling 2,000 feet below historic woodlands near Louisville. Tunnel critic Aaron Renn (via Streetsblog) points out that Indiana taxpayers will be backing a Kentucky road to the tune of $100,000 per foot. Ouch.

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