Let's Build a Bridge from the North Fork to Rhode Island
The idea for a highway like that was alive, at least in the minds of some people, from 1938 until 1966, when smart people in Rhode Island said they weren't interested. It's a ludicrous idea in retrospect but really it's no more preposterous than the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (maybe less preposterous, in fact), the motto of which is "Follow the Gulls to the East Coast Scenic Shortcut."
My opinion is that in general we've had enough of these engineering marvels to last us a while. Collins's column talks about the old proposal for a bridge across the Race in the context of the new proposal for a tunnel under the western end of the Sound, which most definitely wouldn't be known as the East Coast Scenic Shortcut.
Labels: Long Island Sound tunnel