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--- Quote ---The 45-mile bridge would run along a geological shelf in what is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, but it would represent an engineering and logistical challenge costing billions of dollars to complete.
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Now, I have no illusions about this being a reality in my lifetime, but how cool would this be?  I imagine it would have to be high in spots to accommodate ship traffic, and would surely be a hoot to drive in the winter.  The first I heard of it was part of a passing reference having to do with Ohio's incoming governor killing the planned high speed rail project.  I thought it was political theatrics (I mean, who really plans a bridge across Lake Erie?) until I saw this article.  Anyone else heard anything about this?

Stephane Dumas:
It would be fun to see and I hope it'll be a reality in my lifetime ;)

there was some other projects suggested in the past like this one mentionned at http://www.kurumi.com/roads/3di/ix71.html#fn


--- Quote ---A 1970s Ohio/Ontario plan proposed a 47-mile bridge over Lake Erie, from I-271 in Willowick, Ohio, to Port Stanley, Ontario, and contining as a freeway to the Route 401 near London.

The single-span bridge would have carried four lanes, with two different suspension bridge crossings of shipping channels. The cost estimate in the 1970s was about $1 billion, and the toll would have been large. The above alignment was the most direct of three studied; the others slanted to the east and west, the longest one about 70 miles.
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Meanwhile, we could also try for high-speed ferry linking Cleveland and Erie, PA with Ontario.

JREwing78:
It's an interesting thought exercise, but I'd be in shock if there was any real feasibility to this plan.

vdeane:
I can only imagine what it would be like in winter.

Stephane Dumas:

--- Quote from: deanej on January 03, 2011, 10:28:03 AM ---I can only imagine what it would be like in winter.

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We could use the Confederation Bridge who link New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island as a reference, it's the longest bridge over icy waters (there a picture showing the bridge in winter at http://www.ec.gc.ca/glaces-ice/default.asp?lang=En&n=B6ABBF2E-1 )

EDIT: I forgotted to mention one more reason to see the Lake Erie bridge made, just to tease the current owner of the Ambassador bridge Matty Maroun and saluting him with the middle finger. :sombrero: :cool:

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