Post by Steve Post by Neil Bratney
I thought there was a drawbridge on I-90 crossing Lake Washington in
Do you know of any Interstate Highways that feature drawbridges? Surely
there's been some news since it was posted in 1995 (for the
record, it is the VERY post topic posted on M.T.R.)
That's a floating bridge.
Drawbridges still exist on I-278 in NY and I-280 in NJ, and I believe even
the new Wilson Bridge on I-495/I-95 in MD/VA will be a drawbridge,
although higher than the old one. I-280's has no timetable for
replacement, as it appears an NJ 21 interchange redo (currently it's a
mess with only five movements out of eight) will happen first.
The Wilson Bridge replacement will indeed be another drawbridge, but with a
higher clearance than the existing drawbridge. (The tunnel idea was
scrapped due to the problem of disposal of the tailings, which would be more
than that of the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore and approaching that of
Boston's Big Dig, despite the tunnel being considerably shorter. Worse, due
to the high cost, the proposed tunnel would have to be tolled.)
Also, unlike Delaware or Virginia, Maryland doesn't use toll revenue for
general funds (Delaware) or allow private toll roads (Virginia).
In fact, the Old Line State has only six tolled areas (two tunnels, three
intrastate bridges, and one interstate bridge).
Two of the intrastate bridges (both over the Susquehanna River) are next on
the list for being de-tolled (in fact, both are only tolled SW to NE over
the river) followed by the FSK (I-695 over the Patapsco River).
Question: How many East Coast states have *no* toll roads other than
Maryland and the Carolinas?
Christopher L. Estep