Monday, September 18, 2006

Speaking of Travel: Rooftop Highway

One of the ongoing issues in Northern New York has been the long-discussed proposal to place an interstate running east-west along the northern stretch of the state. Proponents feel a "rooftop highway" will make access to the area easier for commerce, industry and tourism. Much of this reasoning is built upon hope and studies by road-building firms showing what a boon a road would be. Sadly, that's not really facetious. It's been latched onto as yet another "magic bullet" that will fix everything, and actual discussion and reasoned thought don't happen.

It's an idea worth exploring, because in many ways the communities in that part of the state are cut off by distance and travel hassles. I just can't help but think that a road is two ways and the current discussion ignores the possibility of people and industry departing down that road.


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