Saturday, May 4, 2013

Would fixed span help or hurt for Cortez Bridge?

It’s not often I get to do it, but I enjoy driving across high-level fixed bridges in Florida.
Admiring the sweeping elegance of Sarasota’s Ringling Causeway on a lazy Sunday cruise.
Being mesmerized by the vast Gulf of Mexico from the crest of the Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge on the way to visit longtime friends.
Taking in panoramic views from Florida’s East Coast high-level fixed bridges spanning the Intracoastal.
I’d like to imagine receiving the same aesthetic pleasure from such a soaring span replacing the old Cortez Bridge.
I just don’t know if it would work there.
What brings up that perennially nettlesome point are the Florida Department of Transportation’s unfolding plans for the aged 2,617-foot bridge that’s in dire need of repair or replacement.

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