Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had a fascination with
bridges. So when I heard on the news last night that a bridge crossing Lake
Michigan was proposed, I was intrigued.
I live on the shore of Lake Michigan and I can tell you this
– it’s BIG.
So, I was intrigued by the prospect of a bridge crossing
over it. Connecting the shores of Wisconsin with Michigan with a bridge would
be mind-boggling. It would keep me entertained for years.
Then I got to thinking about it and realized such an
endeavor would be . . .
well . . .
First, let’s talk about the size of the bridge. The longest
bridge I know of crosses Lake Ponchartrain in Louisiana and it’s 24 miles long.
Lake Michigan is 90 miles across, so this thing would be over three times
But the real clincher is that Lake Ponchartrain is little more than a
swamp; it’s probably about seven inches deep, so its 24-mile bridge is no big
Lake Michigan is 300 feet deep. You do the comparison.
Let’s talk about the weather up here. Namely, winter.
three months of the year, Lake Michigan is inundated with wind-driven, thick
ice and blizzards. Ships don’t even brave Lake Michigan in the winter. Would
you want to drive an automobile 90 miles across that?
What if you needed to stop for a bathroom break? What if you
needed gas? Or worse – How would you stop for Starbucks?
If you still don’t think the weather would be a problem, I
have two words for you:
Get the picture?
Now, let’s talk about practicality. Why would we need a bridge across Lake Michigan? One
argument is so that people in Wisconsin and Michigan could cross over without
having to go through Chicago.
Would this be a likely scenario? Here’s a family in Grand
“Honey, let’s go to Chicago for the weekend. How about it?”
“Oh, but now that there’s a bridge across Lake Michigan, let’s
go to Sheboygan instead!”
So, yes, a big bridge across the lake would be cool. I’d
find it fascinating.
But practically speaking, all I have to say to those
proposing such an endeavor is:
“Rub a lamp.”
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