To the editor:
RE: A Matter of Truss
Decades Late, the West Thames Bridge
Is Now Slated to Cost $196,000 Per Foot
(BroadsheetDAILY Sept 15)
I find it irresponsible how long this bridge (West Thames Bridge) has been repeatedly delayed. What makes the delay even worse is that last year, they announced that construction would begin in “early 2016”.
However, the project did not begin on schedule and no explanation was ever given. And now we know that, in the several months construction has been delayed, the cost of the bridge went up by $17.6 million!!
Enough with these irresponsible delays! Also, why does it take almost 2 years to build this tiny bridge? It’s not exactly the George Washington Bridge – which, by the way, took only 4 years to build. Using the same time frame as the West Thames Bridge, the GWB might have taken 20 years!
Lastly, what is wrong with the current Rector Bridge? It is far better located with respect to the subway stations than the West Thames Bridge. Couldn’t we just reinforce it rather than build this ill-located multi-million dollar monstrosity that seems to serve no purpose than to make some contractors rich?