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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
In 2001, Californian girly-man governor Gray Davis announced that the stretch of freeway he was opening would be the state’s last. No more big roads, Californians! Solar-powered hover bikes for all!
Texans aren’t buying it:
The Lone Star State has embarked on an audacious project to build superhighways so big, so complex, that they will make ordinary interstates look like cow paths. The Trans-Texas Corridor project, as envisioned by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, would be a 4,000-mile transportation network costing $175 billion over 50 years, financed mostly if not entirely with private money. The builders would charge motorists tolls.
But these would not be mere highways. They would be megahighways—corridors up to a quarter-mile across, consisting of as many as six lanes for cars and four for trucks, plus railroad tracks, oil and gas pipelines, water and other utility lines, even broadband transmission cables.
Bring. It. On. Perry’s brilliant plan is opposed by farmers, small towns, his own party, and – of course – environmentalists. Guys, when a road is this big, it is the environment, okay?
UPDATE. Bill McCabe writes:
Ten lanes of traffic, railroad lines, utilities … the size of the rest stops needed to service such a magnificient road would be mind boggling. It would be like a mall, with gas stations, soda, chips and those hot, soft pretzels. Its existence would be reason enough to take a road trip to Texas.
Here’s an artist’s impression of the highway, and it brings a tear to my eye.