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Google scales back bridge project

Original post made on Apr 16, 2012

Concern over nesting egrets, among other issues raised by conservationists, led Mountain View-based Google to redesign its bridge project over Stevens Creek, one of the most hotly contested infrastructure projects in recent memory.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:38 PM

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Posted by R.S.Feind
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I am very pleased about the changes to the original plan, as the marsh is home to many shorebirds and the additional bridge would have compromised the habitat. As the plan goes forward, comprehensive environmental review processes are needed for the remaining proposed Charleston bridges regarding potential impacts on the creek and wildlife.

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Posted by maguro_01
a resident of Jackson Park
on Apr 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Google possibly thought that the two bridge proposal could retreat gracefully into the single bridge and roll forward. But they may not have realized that almost nothing can be built in California now without years of studies never sufficient, years of head-patting never sufficient, then followed by years of law suits never sufficient. Private money is out of infrastructure because it cannot operate with the years of uncertainty. The now unlikelihood of any bridge may throw the whole project into limbo with endless wrangling over traffic.

In spite of the stellar accomplishments of environmentalism in past years in California, now it's become another form of Conservatism. That is, we will now be left less safe, more polluted, less efficient, more gridlocked, and poorer from the efforts. And the poorer we all are, the poorer the nature we are part of will be too and the more pressure it will be under.

There can be no mistake - stewardship and restoration cost money and must have acceptance from the community. It's only 4 years from the 2008/9 Crash and that has already been forgotten.

Come to think of it, if Google backs out, then perhaps it would be time to think about Moffet's use as a commercial airfield again.

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