In April, 2012 Dallas opens its very own bridge to nowhere. Obviously size does matter – and apparently Texas is quite objectionable to being second to Alaska in total geographical area. There is no other explanation for its newly erected expansion bridge to nowhere laced with ostentation gleaming white cables which can be seen for miles.
Not to be outdone by its cross country cousins from the north, Dallas solicited award winning Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to design a conduit spanning the Trinity River; connecting downtown to an area known as West Dallas. It wouldn’t have been such a bad idea if not for two other bridges already providing adequate service above the famous waterway.
Over a 7 year period and several budget overruns, the total cost of the extravagant thoroughfare was a whopping $182 million. Calatrava’s fees exceeded $6 million, an mount almost three times the standard price for that kind of design. I’m not sure if I’m more appalled by a city getting fleeced by an artsy foreigner or learning he has been commissioned for a second bridge. I can’t make this stuff up but I wish I was.
Yes everything is bigger in Texas, especially suckers. There’s nothing more ridiculous than being the same fool twice. Sheesh, what a waste!