The folks over at 8664.org put together a “By The Numbers” list of the bridges project. Here are a few highlights:
32,000—current average daily truck traffic through Spaghetti Junction
23—lanes of traffic in the proposed expanded Spaghetti Junction, years Mayor Abramson has successfully delayed the East End Bridge
75 feet—I-64 would be widened by this amount over the Great Lawn
1/2—the cost of 8664 versus the Ohio River Bridges Project (ORBP), the number of bridges 8664 requires compared to ORBP
$2,000,000,000—the cost for 23 lanes of Spaghetti Junction
Read the rest of the chart over at the 8664.org web site. They also brought to our attention a couple of videos the Build the Bridges coalition produced a couple months ago. There are a couple renderings of the the new bridges and PR piece with locals talking about their horror-story commutes. Many talk about crashes that shut down bridges, like the barge crash this morning. We wonder, though, how traffic will be any better if the new I-65 Bridge is shut down from a crash and everyone is still sitting in a huge Spaghetti Junction. Final note, the downtown bridge flyovers carefully avoid showing too much of the massive interchange behind, instead going for the green riverfront angles, instead.