Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Tunnel Vision

The Capitol Hill tunnel made the news again today in both the Tribune and the News. Yesterday I gave a kind of tongue in cheek tribute to the idea so here's a more serious treatment. First, I like the idea because it's big. It's ambitious and sometimes we need that. We like to tinker a lot to give the appearance of solving problems but without the risk (or results). With that said, I think it's the wrong project for the neighborhood. The tunnel would only dump traffic more effectively into the dead end at North Temple and Main. What they need is traffic lights and stop signs that will encourage commuters into actual commuting corridors and discourage mass migration through residential neighborhoods.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What they need is traffic lights and stop signs that will encourage commuters into actual commuting corridors and discourage mass migration through residential neighborhoods."

While that's a good idea in theory, it won't work in real life because those who already use that corridor are already in the habit of using it. You might divert a few people away from the corridor by using lights/signs etc, but the vast majority will continue to use it regardless.

Instead of trying to stifle traffic, why not encourage making Columbus street a real commuter corridor with the use of a tunnel?

If you build it, they will come...err wait, they're already there!

5/04/2005 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet! SLC very own BIG DIG!!

grumble grumble.. student idealists and their failure to realize that innovation and technology scare government...

5/04/2005 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we get $13 Billion in federal cost overruns like Boston did? I'm going into the construction business.

Hey, Senator Bennett! I've got an idea...

5/04/2005 02:50:00 PM  

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