Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand the project's projected to cost $3.4 billion. Or "over three thousand-millions," to paraphrase G. Gordon Liddy (yes, in the Nineties when I was less of a rhetorical wuss, I listened to Liddy's radio show, even though I disagree with the man on an almost molecular level). Could cost more. Even just the Environmental Impact Statement study cost $105 million.
It's big. (Some of you said "You think?") And I do think we need a better bridge. But maybe...just maybe...if we're going to spend that much...we need to think bigger.
A bridge from Portland to Vancouver, WA? How about a bridge from Portland to Vancouver, B.C.? No problem clearing the Columbia! Carries you over the notorious I-5 choke point in Tacoma! (The Space Needle may need to be used as a bridge support, but everyone and everything's gotta pull its weight for progress.) And imagine the views!
No, bigger. How about a bridge from Portland, OR to Portland, ME? See how THAT would soar. Clear the Rockies, finally be able to drive past, I mean over every single Great Lake without being blocked, try not to faint from lower oxygen. THIS IS ALL AWESOME. (And far, far above any possible zombie apocalypse.)
No: bigger. How about a bridge from Portland, OR...to Portland, OR? Just keep going....and going...and going...in a ring! Build it in any direction and just keep going! It's a Great Circle Route, demonstrated not with string on a globe but by A RING AROUND THE WORLD. Teach kids the science of the Earth's shape! Sean Combs, Biggie Smalls, and Mase's "Been Around the World" would play from speakers on every street lamp! Though that bridge would a) be a threat to all sorts of planes and b) break the rule that everything in Portland is 20 minutes away from everything else in Portland...but that'd be WORTH IT TO BE AWESOME.
I'm grateful that this blog does not require me to be realistic.
And you should be grateful I'm not in government.