Or “Light at the end of the tunnel”
Not as ambitious as Boston’s major construction effort, but pretty hefty for Mainz, nonetheless.
The A61 is the motorway that circles the outskirts of Mainz and trundles northward, vaguely following the Rhine.
It’s been 4 lanes ever since I can remember (which is since we’ve lived out here: 30 years – it’s just the short-term memory that’s stuffed…) and we’ve had severe traffic congestion for at least the last 20.
The BIG PLAN is to make it 6 lanes, which of course brings the Nimbys out of the woodwork – “Too noisy, all that polution, the headlights will blind us, the parrot can’t sleep” – so they decided to dig a big tunnel (big trench with a roof, actually) to subterraneanise the whole shebang.
I would have done it differently.
I would have slapped a compulsory purchase order on all the properties within earshot, demolished them, planted trees and kept the road superterranean.
Quicker and cheaper.
I did suggest it, but there weren’t a lot of takers.