Sunday, October 2, 2016

Captain Andy Reports Fort Worth Boondoggle's Bridge Construction Still A Ghost Town

Last night, Streetcar Pilot and Surveying Savant, Captain Andy, told me, via Facebook, that he "Drove by the trashcan on panther trinity island uptown. No sign of construction. No rebar in the forms. How long before they start up again? How much money is being wasted? Ugghh...."

The trashcan Captain Andy mentions I blogged about back last December in America's Biggest Boondoggle's Million Dollar Wind Roundabout Ridiculousness.

The Roundabout Ridiculousness, that being the trashcan to which Captain Andy refers, is near something even more ridiculous, to which Captain Andy also refers, that being the stalled construction of America's Biggest Boondoggle's bridges being built over dry land to connect Fort Worth's mainland to an imaginary island.

Built over dry land because the funds are not available to dig the ditch to go under the bridges, after which water could be diverted to flow under the bridges. The Boondoggle claims the stalled bridges are being built over dry land to save money. Which is ridiculous. There will be no water under those bridges until the Trinity River is diverted to flow under them.

I have been blogging about these Phantom Bridges for years. The three bridges were initially scheduled to begin their construction phase way back in 2011. I blogged about this in Has Anyone Seen The Trinity River Vision Boondoggle's Bridges Under Construction Since 2011?

Way back in 2014 an absurdly explosive ceremony was staged to celebrate the late beginning of the construction of the three bridges. I blogged about this in A Big Boom Begins Boondoggle Bridge Construction Three Months Late.

About a year after that explosive non-start The Boondoggle was touting the amazing feat that V Piers for one of the bridges were now rising from the ground.  The Boondoggle propagandized about the V Piers finally appearing as if it were a major accomplishment. I blogged about this in Beautiful Fort Worth V Piers The Likes Of Which The World Has Never Seen.

About a week later I blogged about Star-Telegram propaganda on the bridge subject in Star-Telegram Propaganda About Trinity River Vision Moving Forward Slowly.

And then, back in March of 2016 the construction of those amazing V Piers ground to a halt, with The Boondoggle claiming construction would resume in about a month. I first blogged about this latest Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District Vision embarrassment in Fort Worth Star-Telegram Thinks Someone Goofed On The Panther Island Bridge Design.

Also back in March, regarding The Boondoggle's bridge design problems, I blogged Design Woes Are Not The Only Problem With Fort Worth's Panther Island Bridges.

And then in July, when the aforementioned Captain Andy previously told me he saw The Boondoggle's bridge construction zone looking like a ghost town I blogged about this in Are America's Biggest Boondoggle's Bridges Dust In The Wind?

So, now we are in the 8th month since construction of The Boondoggle's bridges has been halted due to design errors. These three simple bridges being built over nothing had, originally, an astounding four year project timeline.

Longer than it took to build the Golden Gate Bridge, over water, and longer than it took to build many other actual feats of engineering, including the Eiffel Tower.

Has anyone noticed any reporting in Fort Worth's imaginary newspaper of record, the Star-Telegram, about the halt in progress in what that newspaper has helped propagandize is a vitally needed flood control and economic development scheme?

Vitally needed, yet built in slow, and now, stop motion, with no project timeline, relying on J.D. Granger's mother, Fort Worth's congresswoman, Kay Granger, to bring home some pork attached to the water bill currently stalled in Congress.

How come the Star-Telegram has not looked into how Kay Granger's cronies might profit if The Boondoggle ever comes to any sort of fruition? How come the Star-Telegram has no problem with the obvious corrupt nepotism involved in hiring the congresswoman's son to run this project?

A project of the sort that the former low level prosecutor had zero qualifications? Except for being his mother's son.

With the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District Vision now having turned into America's Biggest Boondoggle, is it not time for an intervention? Is it not time to relieve J.D. Granger from having anything to do with this project?

Doesn't the buck with this embarrassing Boondoggle stop anywhere?

Methinks J.D. Granger should have been fired simply for coming up with the absurd idea of encouraging people to get wet in the polluted Trinity River, with Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube floats at an imaginary pavilion on an imaginary island.

How about it Star-Telegram? Do you have any actual journalists still in your employ who might look into what's up with The Boondoggle's bridges?

There are a lot inquiring minds wanting to know....

1 comment:

Cowtown Crude said...

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. I'm absolutely sure that you and Capn Andy are aware of this. The Fort Worth Way finally got the funding, dawg. The Panther Island Public Trough is gonna happen after all.

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