Thursday, November 21, 2013

Under the bridge Dahntahn

Switched at drafting? I want to know which will be the first to ever be built?

and is there some rule these things always have to be in watercolor?

I just have one real question... who 'owns' these notional structures when they need repaired? The city? County? State? Maybe some one-off Bridge Authority we can create?  Can't be cheap to maintain and remember we can't even afford the most basic of preventative maintenance on a lot of our bridges. Remember the rocker bearing failure on the relatively modern Birmingham Bridge just recently? Might have been prevented if they had been lubricated. Ok, maybe not modern, but certainly one of the youngest bridges we have in use.

To be fair, the top picture from the early 1960s is not only architecturally improbable at this point, but likely incompatible with Coast Guard navigation rules for bridge height on any new spans over our rivers.  The latter structure?  Seems to be in play at least as of this evening.


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

I'm sure the Penguins will work to identify funding.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger joe said...

they're just trying to recreate the rectangle-shaped green space on the Hill from the mid-1800's:

Pittsburgh's pastural days

Was that an original Liberty?

Friday, November 22, 2013 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

A similar (larger) deck-park in Dallas is apparently managed by a foundation:

Saturday, November 23, 2013 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Incidentally, the tunnel park on the South Side is the same sort of thing, and they are in a bunch of other cities as well.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Bram; actually, the Penguins would insist that the city find funding or they will leave town. Then once its built, the Pirates and the Steelers would each want their own built or they will leave town.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 8:57:00 PM  

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