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Middleageguy
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 6:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey, are any cool old tunnels or underpasses still in existence?
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Bussey
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 7:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The 8' 9", or whatever ridiculously low height it is, bridge on Grand Blvd. just before you approach Vernor from the North.
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Douglasm
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When was the underpass leading to Belle Isle filled in?
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Stryker81
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Douglasm
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:11 pm:

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When was the underpass leading to Belle Isle filled in?



Also, why was it? Was never able to figure that out.
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Adamjab19
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 9:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The underpass for the Mt. Olivet cemetery under Outer Drive is pretty neat.
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Ray1936
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 9:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There's a freeway spur in Las Vegas that goes under the runways at McCarran Airport. Every time I go through it, I'd swear I was in the Detroit/Windsor tunnel.
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Detroitplanner
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 9:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was filled in in the early 1980's. It was phase one of the bridge rehab. It also included a new traffic pattern at the Blvd and Jefferson.

I would suspect that it was done mainly due to the cost. It was at the end of its life cycle and rather than replace it, they just got rid of it all together. Probably a combination of cost and need. By the 1980's the City had already lost a sizable chunk of its population, so traffic was less of a concern on both Jefferson and the Blvd.

I spent a fair amount of time on that construction site. I was in high school then, but my dad worked on it and my older brother and I were always going over there to visit him.
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Urbanize
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 9:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Typo Alert. Surprised no one picked up on it. Saying Belle Isle with an "e" at the end makes it seem more important or fancy.
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Stryker81
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 9:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Makes sense. I was only a toddler in the early 1980's so I have no recollection of the underpass. By looking at that area now its hard to imagine it ever existing.
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 3:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I love the one by MCS. If you head toward Michigan Avenue at night, you can't see the train station (cuz it's dark and there are no lights on inside it, obviously). You come up outta that tunnel and your headlights hit the train station. Very spooky, but very cool.
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Pam
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Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 5:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Saying Belle Isle with an "e" at the end makes it seem more important or fancy.



It is the French word for beautiful. It needs the e or else it is a totally different word.
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Chitaku
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Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 8:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i know what you're talking about Ray. I have family in Vegas and I remember when they updated the airport
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Aiw
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Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 8:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree Bussey, that overpass always seems freakishly low...

As for the B.I. approach, I put some photos of it up last week here:

http://internationalmetropolis .com/?p=334

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