Dallas Highway Interchange (Photo by dherrera_96/flickr via StreetsBlog)
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Dallas Highway Interchange (Photo by dherrera_96/flickr via StreetsBlog)
Dallas Highway Interchange (Photo by dherrera_96/flickr via StreetsBlog)

Above is what Witherspoon Street might look like in the future under the Bridges Plan, one block or so east from Waterfront Park and Slugger Field. Our Spaghetti Junction will be bigger than this one from Dallas. Even with a $400 million(+) state budget shortfall, KYTC still thinks the extra $2 Billion is worth it, even though other states are scaling back their road projectsDriving trends and auto sales have been falling for years, too; and already, there’s less expected travel this holiday season. It’s also surprising considering Jefferson County is again in violation of the Clean Air Act with way too much fine particulate pollution around. The new SJ could ensure living in downtown Louisville air might kill you. Yes, that is a four-stack highway, a feature achieved in our own plan. What’s misleading is the lack of stench and noise experience from a photo. These mega-junctions have been described as modern cathedrals… to the worship of cars and anti-urbanism.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hey, that interchange won an award way back then, if it’s the same one I used to drive over. Really exciting in the winter.

    However, the “let’s build more bridges” notion does ignore the ‘peak oil’ problem, as well as the developing depression, which should scramble everybody’s predictions. Most of those are of the ‘things will continue in the future as they have been going in the past’ variety, which are accurate right up until they aren’t.

    Having said that, my neighbor Tyler’s notion of tearing down the downtown expressway is mostly just premature; we will be driving cars and trucks over the Interstate system for a while, right up until we don’t. Personally, I favor rail of all sorts.

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