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  1. Meanwhile I been reading about some other states like CO, AZ and CA That are taking advantage of the low traffic and timing to double down on construction projects while enforcing social distancing practices of 6 ft and providing additional safety resources Also paid sick leave so no one uncomfortable is working while trying to stimulate one aspect of the economy and come out of this ahead instead of playing catch up
  2. I thought it was essential if it had to do with unfinished projects that could be affected by weather when being open to elements. IMO Construction should be considered essential if you can do it applying proper distancing and other safety measures, great opportunity to keep the economy going and get some road construction projects done.
  3. Just depends where the number stands as of January or so, I’ve seen an estimate that was already over 10 million by about 45k and another that was at about 9.985million so the factors between January and July could make the difference. immigration in has probably stoped, I can’t see many people moving jnto the state in the next few months because of a job and if anything people in Michigan will want to leave if they can. Plus the death toll is in the hundreds now and could be several thousand by July.
  4. Let’s hope Covid19 doesn’t screw up census counts and Could be really close to whether or not Michigan is officially over 10 million people for the 2020 census, that could have bigImplications
  5. Also could be covered with federal funding. No expert on the cost But should be similar size and scope to the 4 lane 880 ft one in Holland which I can’t find the cost of but New Orleans built an 800 ft one for around $15 million in today’s costs. It’s more of a bridge for the runway than an actual tunnel. The tunnel is not included in the project elevate but my whole point was AFTER that stuff is completed, this seems like the next big projects to tackle
  6. A tunnel for direct I96 connection would shave a good 5 minutes and a mile off every vehicle travel between downtown, north and east of the airport equating to thousands per day, which in turn would alleviate one of the busiest stretches of road in 28th between Patterson and 96 which is only 2 lanes in each direction. the airport end of it is open to build it and so is the newer 96 ramps that abruptly end at the airport property. I see two barriers in the way being the small runway And the train tracks on the north side of the airport. the smaller sized runway would be considerable cheaper to build a tunnel than say the commercial grade runways (by the way already have a tunnel for airport vehicles) and the airport has stated the runway is due for a rebuild. tunnels under runways are nothing new Or exotic and can be found at many airport including DTW, ATL and LAX to name a few as well as places like Holland’s west MI regional airport on a similar sized runway for a pass through road with little traffic. the aerial view of traffic flow to the airport is frustrating since it’s adjacent to an interstate with an exit there and no direct connection, can’t think of another airport in the country with a better opportunity to do so and hasn’t acted yet.
  7. The renderings look like they will add a lot of height, length and width to the A Concourse but the question Would be can they add to the main part of the terminal? There may be just enough room to add a traffic ramp for a second level for drop-off / check-ins to help with traffic flow, that and the tunnel under the north runway for direct connection with I-96 would make it seem like a “full sized” airport after these improvements!
  8. Even more likely and probably cheaper is the space inside the circular area in the south for a “ loop around similar to the i94/196 near Benton harbor
  9. The building and the sign look great, wish they did something a little more funky with the carport cover like a V shape retro design
  10. The concourse will be enlarged but it will end up being a rather large airport for only a single level pick up and drop off area and traffic through there will only get worse. Seems like maybe a missed opportunity to integrate something like that when they built the parking ramp although I guess they could always engineer building a roadway on top of the single level terminal and expand partially upward for drop offs/check ins if really needed
  11. I would say this is big news. I think it was just a matter of time before LAX route was picked up by Allegiant considering they flew to smaller and further routes from there but Austin and Boston are a pleasant surprise. Allegiant is really unknown by most travelers and virtually no business travelers and personally not a fan of it also Because these routes are only seasonal and most likely one or two times per week so hard to get the scheduled times that you want on these routes. But if the flights stay full it could lead to mainliners picking up those routes, I could see delta to BOS and LAX, Whereas Austin seems ideal for the allegiant model along with destinations like New Orleans in nAsheville. Sounds like the terminal expansion can’t get here fast enough and could really lead to a lot more flight options And even new carriers In the next few years.
  12. That’s too bad, hopefully they’ll come back with something more compelling. Not sure why there would be money put aside to do an environmental study and then not do it? It sounds like most people are against this for environmental reasons, however they still somehow support the Whitewater project? I feel like these would complement each other and clean the river up. Not many cities have the natural infrastructure to do something like this and don’t Do anything.
  13. So other than initial temporary construction jobs, I just never understood how it would create that many jobs..,.with the idea of multiple hotels to support it?
  14. Let’s hope there’s a little separation from the hotel so they complement each other and not one big blob
  15. At this point in time a realignment could mean a move up to be more with market and stadium sizes such as Indy......Another example of Des Moines being “grander” than GR, very nice, larger stadium downtown and marketing well done closely resembling the Cubs and including all of Iowa
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