2013 03 19
American Population Map (Transportation Shed)
2013 02 25 Letter to
National Freedom Bridge
2013 Feb 22
MIT: (Reagan did.)
Build new National Freedom Bridge.
(NYTimes Feb 20)
2013 Feb 21 aka
Feb 19 Ky Representatives Overly and Combs
financing of BSBA. Here are pdf versions, the 2nd which is marked for
greater comprehension: Unmarked
Feb 19 At 18:00, the Kenton County Fiscal Court
convened an Open Meeting at the Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills. Wishing there was a record of statements made during the 3
hour open meeting attended by several hundred, here we pursue more knowing:
I-75 is the
unBroken spine of United States Commerce.
BSB is at the
center (map) -- the heart -- of the
most populous portion of the North American continent, at the core of the,
uniquely tri-state, 4-million/growing Metropolitan Statistical Area. On
the map, the
color of each MSA is darkened in proportion to population (red in US, green in Canada).
Translucent black glass over each state is darkened in proportion to state
population, providing best contrast for each minute yellow dot representing 1000
Presentations at the Feb 19 Fiscal Court Open Meeting
1. Kentucky Transportation
Build Our New Bridge
3. Kevin Gordon represented Independent Business
Association of Northern Kentucky, LLC, advocating reconsideration of a plan to
connect I-71 components without overlap of I-75 as now occurs terminating at the
4. Todd Portune, Hamilton County Commissioner and Chair of the OKI
Council, represented a Buckeye perspective.
5. After listening to nearly 30 citizens, including john, the Fiscal
Court voted unanimously to Oppose Tolls, by affirmation of
In summary, tolling apparatus is a capital
expense, a new bureaucracy, and an added operational expense that must be paid.
Increasingly tolls must be considered in more local or regional
situations such as Louisville where national imperative is less
operable. The Cincinnati Bridge is the
premier national imperative!
It is the midPoint of a NATIONAL ARTERY critical for national security and
Where else on this national artery do
we find tolls?
South Florida, Interstate 75 follows Alligator Alley, a toll facility linking
the Miami metropolitan area with Naples and Fort Myers. Yes, there really are
alligators hanging out in the canals and waterways along Interstate 75,
especially through the Big Cypress National Preserve.
This is the only toll road along the entire
length of Interstate 75 (there is a toll bridge in Michigan).
The said "toll bridge in Michigan" is the
Bridge connecting lower Michigan to the Upper Peninsula serving daily
traffic of 12,000 over suspension bridge span of 3,800 feet completed 1957
(prior to I-75). Wiki Excerpts:
By the end of 1953, estimates and contracts
had been negotiated. Total cost estimate at that time was $95
million dollars with estimated completion by November 1, 1956. Tolls
collected were to pay for the bridge in 20 years.
The Mackinac Bridge is currently a
toll bridge on
Interstate 75 (I-75). Prior to the coming of I-75, the bridge
US Highway 27 (US 27). It is one of only three segments of I-75
that are tolled, the others being the American half of the
International Bridge near
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and
Alligator Alley in
Florida. The current toll is $4.00 for automobiles and $5.00 per
axle for trucks.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority recently raised the toll to fund a
$300 million renovation program, which would include completely
replacing the bridge deck.