The Seattle Viaduct thread got me to think a bit more of some of WSDOT's plans for my side of the state. I wish I lived in a progressive area like Seattle or Portland where projects like the viaduct tunnel (or tunneling I-5 through downtown Portland) are not only considered but may get implemented. The idea of 'burying the interstate" or implementing a "light rail" seem well out of reach over here in Spokane.
Instead WSDOT has planned and is beginning construction of our very own North-South freeway (they call it a "corridor"). The plan is to spend $1.4billion dollars to implement this white elephant relic of a freeway of which only Robert Moses would be proud. A light rail in another part of town would only cost around $500 million.
Here you can see the birth of it...20 years from now you'll probably be able to drive it as well. Ahhhh... progress.