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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 36 53.73%
No, I'm a party pooper! 31 46.27%
Voters: 67. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-13-2009, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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What's wrong with the ferry that already makes this trip possible?
It's slow as hell and you have to operate on its schedule instead of your own.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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It's slow as hell and you have to operate on its schedule instead of your own.
Cry me a river. It only takes 2 hours to cross the lake, which saves you a good 4 hours. If you were to drive all the way around the bottom of Lake Michigan through Chicago back up to Muskegon could easily take 6 hours with bad traffic.
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Cry me a river. It only takes 2 hours to cross the lake, which saves you a good 4 hours. If you were to drive all the way around the bottom of Lake Michigan through Chicago back up to Muskegon could easily take 6 hours with bad traffic.
Cry yourself a river, jackass. I wasn't making a complaint, I was answering the question you asked. And the question asked wasn't "is it more convenient to take a ferry than to drive around the lake through Chicago traffic." The question you asked was in the concext of replacing the ferry with a bridge which is the premise of this thread, albeit a silly one. So the comparison is not 2.5 hours via ferry (not 2 hours as you claim) versus six hours of driving around the lake; the comparison is 2.5 hours and operating on the ferry's schedule versus 90 minutes of driving and doing it on your own schedule. I given those two options, I know which I'd prefer.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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Tisk tisk people. Let's not get steamed up over a hypothetical bridge that will never be built in lieu of a ferry (that at least is actually there). What is the fee for the ferry these days? My guess is that its pretty expensive.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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My guess is that its pretty expensive.
Yeah they don't make them so poor people can ride them.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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If it was free, possibly. But we all know NOTHING is free!
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If it was free, possibly. But we all know NOTHING is free!
And there's no way in hell a bridge like that would not have a hefty toll. (Of course there's also no way any such bridge or anything like it is ever going to built so this is all a goofy exercise anyway.) Anyone needing to get across the lake would be willing to spend a good bit of dough to save themselves a few hours.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Really, how much time do you lose driving through Chicago? Another hour at the worse? There's such a thing as planning ahead to avoid rush hour and listening to traffic reports.

I think if the bridge cost much more than $50 I'd just brave Chicago traffic.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Indiana Uplands
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Lake Michigan is far too deep to be able to engineer a freeway bridge.
However, Muskegon would benefit SO MUCH from the linkage to Milwaukee.
If you have ever been through Muskegon you know how much they could use any solid economic growth.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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Yes!!!

I drive to Lansing a few times a year. I'd give almost anything to avoid the drive thru Chicago. In fact during nice weather, spring, summer or fall we drive up thru the UP, even thou it adds 100 miles to our trip. Just about the only time we go thru Chicago is when we have to pick up one of the grandkids so they can go with us.
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