For John, BLUF: Trade-offs, always the trade-offs. Nothing to see here; just move along.
At this location I talked about the repairs to the Rourke Bridge, here in Lowell. Today I called the Traffic Engineer, and quickly outlined my thoughts. The Traffic Engineer, who was very polite, explained to me that the option had been raised with MassDoT, which is doing the work, and they had already considered that approach and decided it was too expensive—way too expensive.
There you are, residents of Pawtucketville. I feel for you, but the folks down in Boston judged that you would rather endure the delays than see money, lots of money, diverted to your bridge.
I guess I am not as smart as I thought I was.
Regards — Cliff