WHY RIO BRAVO HAD NO EASTBOUND BRIDGE: Last week crews wrapped up much of their repair of a pier under the Rio Bravo bridge over the Rio Grande. But the pain of a weekslong complete eastbound shutdown on commuters has raised some questions.
One reader emails, “I fully support our N.M. state engineers’ effort (to) maintain our bridges. However, why did traffic engineers not consider using the westbound Rio Bravo bridge for one-lane traffic in each direction? Another option would have been using the westbound bridge for eastbound traffic midnight to noon, then for westbound traffic noon to midnight.”
And ezparker adds, “Since Rio Bravo is open for two lanes westbound, wouldn’t it make sense to have one lane westbound and one lane eastbound?”
It comes down to signals, sightlines and safety.