Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Maybe a new bridge isn't needed but what if it were??
Today's LMT published some figures indicating that bridge crossings are down compared to last year's. The volume of non-commercial traffic is down, as is pedestrial traffic. Given these facts, City manager Carlos Villarreal and LDF Roger Creery both went on the record as saying that a new bridge is not needed. It would, it seems, just be a waste of money. This may be true- at this particular point in time. However, I thought that projects such as bridges and other infrastructure were supposed to be built "for future needs". Consider that the city and county actively worked on plans for a new bridge for over 10 years without making much headway. What is to say that they can afford to put those plans aside based simply on current figures which are reflective of economically down times. Why the seemingly organized resistance all of a sudden to move forward with the bridge? Will McAllen continue to eat our lunch in the future. Just how much of our lunch can McAllen eat anyway?