Thank you for your
illustrative column in Tuesday's DMN.
Building a piece of highway
in the Trinity River bottom, which flooded as recently as May, 2007,
makes no sense of any kind, whatever.
Last week I e-mailed our
City Manager's office with a suggestion that the road in question be
built on top of the levee that runs along the east side of the
river, widened to accommodate 8 lanes, a median, and adequate
Make the levee very wide
(therefore stronger) and put the road on its top.
An assistant City Manager
responded to my e-mail with a few "reasons" why this could not be
done -- none of which were very convincing.
It's sad that the people who
planned and built I-35E did not foresee the load that freeway would
soon carry, and build it 10 lanes wide to begin with, but they
The entire city and county
should not be penalized for this failure.
You, and Ms. Hunt, are
entirely, 100% correct. In 1998
people were sold a pretty layout, which often happens in
We need to deal with
realities in this issue, and the reality is to build the road higher
than or well away from the river, and given the route needed for it,
putting it on a wide levee is a good and workable option.
Thank you again for your