Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Slow boat to wherever

This evening I almost got a photo of the M/V Hoosier State. I noticed that it was in my area, so I went to downtown Huntington to get an idea where it was so I could grab a photo for Adam. I was surprised at first to see how slow it was going -- maybe 1.5 to 2.5 mph upstream. But I remembered that last Friday I saw the AEP Legacy easing downriver. Sunday, same thing with the AEP Leader. The Leader had just come out of the R.C. Byrd locks, but even after it had cleared the lock, it was going so slow that its wheel wash was pretty weak compared with what I'm used to seeing from those boats.

Why so slow companywide? Don't know. I know some Crounse boats have moved slowly in the past, but I'm not used to seeing these new AEP boats do that.


Kentucky and Indiana are close to setting tolls on the new bridges they want to build at Louisville. And they want to put tolls on the existing bridges, too, which makes sense, I guess.

No one likes tolls, but with even Ohio River bridges getting up into the billion-dollar range, something has to give.

I'm old enough to remember when you could build a good bridge for $15 million.

P.S. And notice the new bridge design is of the cable stay variety.