Originally Posted by tomfl
One more time for all you guys who cut class the day they taught political science. The "moron in the Fl government " who "put up a 56 foot bridge" was elected or appointed by an elected official. The bridge was put up so folks could use it to drive their cars across the bridge.
Anyone with an IQ above room temperature knows no matter how many boats are stacked up in Ft. Lauderdale it is a small fraction of the number of cars driving across the bridge. Even the dumb pols in Tallahassee are able to figure out they will get more votes by building a bridge to ease traffic congestion than not building a bridge so a tiny number of sailboats can transit the area more easily.
This is not the first time someone has used shoddy analysis to dis Florida's existing and proposed waterway restrictions.
It makes perfect sense to a pol to build a link in the transportation network that increases the level of service in that network. The fact that a few boaters have to wait a little longer is irrelevant.
The ICW was built and is maintained by the US Corps of Engineers as part of the National Transportation infrastructure. It was not built primarily with the seasonal or local boater in mind, but mainly to provide access and egress for Commercial
Any argument that begins "If you have a brain you'll see it my way"..........
Bridges are very expensive. As the Interstate System was built there were long sections of road leading nowhere, waiting for the funds to build the bridge to connect them. In the case of a bridge spanning the ICW, the DOT specs the design, and the Corps has to approve.
Local politicians can sway funding
of a project
, but have no direct say in anything. Having been involved in the engineering of DOT bridges in several states, and having worked on many USACoE projects, I can say that the rank and file are too governed by cost and safety
design parameters to worry about what a State Rep thinks, regardless of his wealthy County. I have seen wealthy people try to use such influence to "expedite" so much as a permit
for a State Highway driveway (business entrance). I have seen that push result in an almost 2 year approval period on more than one occasion. The people in these agencies with the final say generally are high up enough to be retired before the hearings and filings could be completed to fire them (I was literally told that by a USACoE engineer), and could care less what a State level politician has to say.
I don't claim to know anything about that particular bridge, but I'm certain my IQ is above 130 (according to several stupid tests). I don't believe that number has any bearing on my argument.
People designing bridges are more concerned with the safety
of those who will use and pass under them, and also the liability (CYA) for a design that results in lawsuits later, and a final design that will fit in the budget
. State DOT folks and USACoE staff do an exceptional job at the first two always, and sometimes the third.