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rocketman

Beach Comber
Jun 28, 2008
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Neighbors to the East

Again,
One has to pose the question, how do our neighbors to the East (Bay and Washington Counties) build bridges without tolls, etc.? What comes to mind is the West Bay structure and the current Holmes Creek bridge (Vernon) in Washington county. Perhaps, I am uninformed because of my ignorance of infrastructure finance. There are those of us who live in the north end of the county and rarely go south any more who have difficulty with paying a sales tax (my Red Bay Grocery once a week lunch bill would go up) to finance a structure of this magnitude. Is there not some equitable tax to let the tourist/users pay the majority of the cost of using the bridge? One would reconcile that there should be some middle ground user/toll cost for the hard working class folks who traverse from all points north to work in sowal.

Rock on,
Rocketman
 

happydays32

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Jul 21, 2010
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ok it's simple obama math. the local economy is improving so let us impose a 2-to-3 dollar bridge toll or a increase in our local sales tax. two job killing proposals. anyone on this bridge committee who supports either proposal should either be terminated from their position or we should work together to defeat them at the polls if they are an elected official. now that's a simple math formula we can all understand here in God's Great Darlington Community.
 

Misty

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Dec 15, 2011
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Awesome point was made by someone in another thread....worth repeating here also.


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Originally Posted by miznotebook
Also keep in mind that the bridge has to be shut down when there are sustained winds of 45 miles per hour or higher.
 

Gwen Break

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Aug 2, 2011
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South Walton, near the bay
331 Task Force to meet Jan. 19, 2012

[h=3]The Highway 331 Blue Ribbon Task Force will hold a public meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 US Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs, FL.[/h]
 

Andy A

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Feb 28, 2007
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Blue Mountain Beach
Awesome point was made by someone in another thread....worth repeating here also.


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Originally Posted by miznotebook
Also keep in mind that the bridge has to be shut down when there are sustained winds of 45 miles per hour or higher.

Great point but it doesn't take into consideration that that applies to only the present bridge not necessarily the new one to be build which might be constructed to allow a stronger wind tolerance.
 

Misty

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Dec 15, 2011
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Great point but it doesn't take into consideration that that applies to only the present bridge not necessarily the new one to be build which might be constructed to allow a stronger wind tolerance.

Most bridges in the State of Florida are closed by Florida State Troopers when sustained winds are 40 mph.
 

rocketman

Beach Comber
Jun 28, 2008
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Snow and Ice

Don't laugh, but I remember the current bridge being closed in December, 2004 due to ice and snow. My vehicle was the last one over the structure before the closure.....Imagine that!!!! It happens...
And then there are hurricanes....

Rock on,
Rocketman
 

buster

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Feb 19, 2006
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SoWal
I'm sure all that work and expansion of the Hathaway Bridge in Panama cost quite a bit and i see no toll or tax.

I think removal of the causeway and 2 new bridges over the bay is more important to SoWal than a new airport, at least until they build the expressway from WaterSound over the Intracoastal. Something tells me they won't be asking for money for that project, which will cost a lot more in total.

So there you have it, 4-laning 331 is a money maker because it is a "must-do". We are being reamed people, don't doubt it for a second.

I remember raising money and all kind of hell just to get a stoplight on 98 and 395. The world is upside down.
 

Bob Hudson

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May 10, 2008
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Santa Rosa Beach
Great point but it doesn't take into consideration that that applies to only the present bridge not necessarily the new one to be build which might be constructed to allow a stronger wind tolerance.
Let me understand this. One bridge might have a higher wind closing threshold than the other. If that were true then we would be right back where we are a two lane bridge.

What's the point ?
 

Zebraspots

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May 15, 2008
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Santa Rosa Beach
The point is that 2 bridges allow twice as many people to evacuate - maybe more.
 
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