Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Bridge To Nowhere Of Our Very Own.


The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge[3] is a 3,000 ft (910 m) footbridge across the Missouri River between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. It is scheduled to open on 2008-09-28.[2]

Interest in a landmark bridge across the Missouri River has arisen ever since Omaha and Council Bluffs began replacing their older crossings with girder bridges which do not have towers (most notably the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge).[citation needed] The bridge is named after former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, who secured $18 million of federal funding for the bridge in 2000[3].

The bridge was redesigned in 2004, after the lowest bid for the project was $44 million. In May 2006, a final cable-stayed bridge design by Kansas City engineering and architectural firm HNTB was selected for the bridge. The $22 million bid included two 200-foot (61 m) towers and a clearance of 52 feet (16 m) above the river. Groundbreaking for construction of the bridge occurred on October 26, 2006.[1]

The bridge is north of the I-480 girder bridge and connects the Port of Omaha's Miller Landing in Omaha to One Renaissance Center in the former Dodge Park Playland in Council Bluffs

So we built a pedestrian bridge from Omaha to Council Bluffs. Why you ask? Fuck if I know. But it's purdy and expensive. Plus on the other end of it...there's Council Fucking Bluffs in all it's white trash glory. The sad thing is that Bob Kerrey who spends his time raising money for shit projects and Republicans (wow that was redundant) got to have his name put on it. Too bad. I think The Sarah Palin pedestrian bridge would have fit much better.

Bill Clinton once said to Bob Kerrey "you're single nobody cares who you're screwing" Looking at the fireworks last night being lit off to celebrate our latest monument to fiscal retardation I would have to say Bill was once again exactly right.

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