I-5 convergence

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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I was attempting to get some extremely interesting shots of an toxic waste site (formerly a rail yard with dozens of old cars but now the proposed site for the new home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team and dozens of residential homes.). The legal way into the site was locked and posted No Trespassing so I waited for a guard to come around to request a ‘ride-along for a freelance reporter’ (Heck, the books said try it so I did – unsuccessfully. I DID get to the top of a hotel’s closed off roof just looking professional once. Hehehe!). While waiting, I looked up to see Interstate 5 overhead and thought how many of you have seen this freeway from the surface only somewhere along its massive length and thought I’d show you.

Interestingly enough, the last link in this continuous road from the tip of South America to the Alaska was completed in Sacramento because we were the slowest to get it done. We also did a terrible job of it, constructing it below the city’s water table and the usual flow of the Sacramento River, 200 yards away: it floods often and deeply enough to close the entire thing to pump out the water. We’re tearing it all up soon to install bigger drainage pipes and more pumps to try to keep it from being eaten away by water but think about it. The pipes require constant electrical power to pull water from the natural water table to the river are going to either unnaturally change the city’s aquifer or fail in a power outage.

How much do engineers get paid to come up with solutions like this?

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