Thursday, October 21, 2010


I don't know about you, but I've had my fill of political ads of late.  When I saw one over and over again while we were at home, admonishing one of our incumbent US Senators about funding a turtle crossing, I thought that was just plain silly.  So imagine my surprise, while having nothing better to do while traveling Highway 93 in Nevada, reading signs about deer migration, and then seeing a 1.8 million dollar bridge that they had built for the deer to cross.
If that wasn't bad enough, they were erecting yet another bridge, at the cost of well over 3 million dollars just a couple of miles away.  Add to that the 3 miles of fencing they built out from each bridge on both sides of the roadway, and you have close to 6 millions dollars spent on a highway that is lightly traveled.  I had to laugh out loud when I read this article and an employee of the Nevada DOT proudly proclaiming that there hadn't been a vehicle versus deer accident since the first bridge was completed.  I guess the memo hasn't gotten to him yet about the two dead deer carcases that were splattered across the asphalt that we saw as we drove by the bridge.  I think they need a better PR person to get the word out to the deer
As you can tell, I had a lot of time to think while on Highway 93.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure, except for the occasional truck, RV, or vehicle you pass, there isn't a whole lot to look at for entertainment, just a vast amount of flat desert, surrounded by some mountain ranges.  We left Boise, ID around 5am, and after driving about 500 miles, will call Alamo, NV our home for the evening.  With a very early start planned for Friday morning, we hope to drive into Las Vegas for our fuel stop, take showers, and then try our hand at our lucky slot machine again.  With any hopes, we'll come out on the winning end of things before we head into Tolleson, AZ for that 2am Saturday morning delivery.

1 comment:

Pat said...

Hey, are you going to cross over the new bridge? The Callahan-Tillman Hoover Dam bypass? Make sure you get pics. It's awesome. Not sure what it'll be nicknamed. The real name is long. I think it should be called "The Dam Bridge"


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