The Next Big Dig?

A Houston transportation engineer envisions an ambitious plan for ten miles of underground highway.
June 24, 2005, 1pm PDT | David Gest
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Gonzalo Camacho, a 41-year-old transportation engineer in Houston, thinks he can bury the problems of I-45 once and for all -– literally. "Sinking a portion of I-45 into a tunnel eliminates the need for more right-of-way, the primary fear of frontline homeowners. A tunnel could be constructed faster than a typical highway and more cheaply than a depressed or stacked system -- though a traditional flatland expressway is still the cheapest. Eliminating on- and off-ramps would make driving safer. And air treatment would help clean the skies by removing up to 90 percent of the solids in tunnel exhaust."

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Published on Thursday, June 16, 2005 in HoustonPress
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