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View Poll Results: Would You Favor A Freeway Bridge Over LK Michigan to Muskegon?
Yes, I wouldn't have to go through Chicago anymore 35 53.03%
No, I'm a party pooper! 31 46.97%
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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If it were possible would you favor a freeway bridge over Lake Michigan from downtown Milwaukee to Muskegon,MI for travelers from Detroit to Twin Cities and just tourist as well. Plus you could bypass Chicago traffic if you were to head east, then think how easy it would be for packer fans to travel to Detroit?
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Buy an amphibious car.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I know it's 80 miles across but if it were possible?
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Never! It would ruin Lake Michigan!
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I don't think one 4 lane bridge would ruin the lake, I say let the speed limit be 90mph so we could get across real fast! But I bet if they would propose a commuter rail line over the Lake you would be in favor of it.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:17 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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Not really, because it would be a colossal toilet for tax dollars, although would add a lot of traffic to the area.

It would be quite an engineering feat and it's interesting to consider for me, only on that merit. The longest bridge in the world is 33 miles long, and that is built over land. The second longest is 24 miles and built over very shallow water (Lake Ponchatrain). We're talking about an 80 mile long bridge over 300 foot deep water.

The Channel Tunnel linking France and England, passing under the English Channel, is 30-something miles, and about 250 feet below the surface of the ocean, since the channel is much more shallow at that point. I guess a tunnel would be possible, although it would have to be buried far deeper than the Channel Tunnel.

It was interesting to consider.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I don't think one 4 lane bridge would ruin the lake, I say let the speed limit be 90mph so we could get across real fast! But I bet if they would propose a commuter rail line over the Lake you would be in favor of it.
I would not. Lake Michigan is a special case but if Canada was part of the USA I would not support a bridge or tunnel on any of the lakes.
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:31 AM
 
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What about a bridge connecting NYC to London, across the North Atlantic? Or Tokyo-Anchorage-Seattle ... that would be awesome!
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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Has anyone out there ever sailed on Lake Mich?

I don't mean 30 minutes on a waverunner in a sheltered harbor in July?

The open water in Nov., or Jan is what I mean.

We're just not understanding what approx 1200 cubic miles of water spread out over 22,400 sq miles is capable of.
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
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I gotta go to China for business a few times a year. Last year I drove over the newly opened, Ningbo to Shanghai bridge. It is a 22 mile span across the opening of a large bay that empties into the china sea. Before the bridge it was a several hour drive around the bay or one had to fly.

Hey - maybe you can get the Obamatron to put some of our tax money into this project as part of his all gov't stimulus package!! He seems to think gov't can solve every other issue in life.
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