Some perspective

On Wednesday, President Obama signed a bill authorizing the construction of a new Stillwater Bridge, a $690 million project that will serve possibly 18,000 car trips per day.  Here are some other transportation segments that serve at least 18,000 trips per day.

To name just a few.  Some of these facilities may currently have adequate capacity, but I’m sure quite a few are in a state of deferred maintenance (potholes, surfacing) or could use significantly better infrastructure (bus signs, shelters, pedestrian facilities, intersection redesign, etc) to serve existing users.  I assume that if any of these segments need improvement, we’ll see bipartisan support and state and federal funding up to $690 million per.

(A special runner-up goes to the SE Washington Ave Bridge, which in 2011 saw an estimated 6,850 bicycle trips per day.  That’s only about 38% of 18,000, so $262 million for bike improvements on this span should suffice.)

Cross-posted at streets.mn

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  • Froggie

    Given what this’ll do to St Croix County, I’d have gone with 40,000. You can start the comparison with Hwy 36. Or the Hi-Freq routes for Metro Transit (which I think is more than 40K).

  • Froggie

    Given what this’ll do to St Croix County, I’d have gone with 40,000. You can start the comparison with Hwy 36. Or the Hi-Freq routes for Metro Transit (which I think is more than 40K).