myths about the viaduct FOLLOWED BY THE FACTS
The Viaduct has been described as "falling down" and "crumbling." In fact, the City sent Fire Trucks atop the Viaduct to fight a blaze in November. The cement that is falling off is surface material only - a kind of "rash" than can be removed, and sealed.
PRICE & FUNDING MYTHS
City Hall says is $6 - $10 million to fix the Viaduct for non-vehicular use.
In their 2013 recommendation to demolish the Viaduct, L.R. Kimball noted that the intersection at E.12th and Rt.290 was very dangerous and promised construction of a sidewalk on the south-side of E.12th to allow people walking and biking to head east safely (away from the 5 million annual vehicles speeding through the intersection).
The L.R.Kimball study indicated that few people walked or biked over the Viaduct. Several Erie Facebook posts have characterized Viaduct users as "thugs" and "criminals."
MYTH OF REDUNDANCY
City Hall says that the path along the Rt. 290 Bayfront Connector highway and East. 12th Street is equivalent to the Viaduct route making the Viaduct unnecessary and "redundant."
THERE IS NO MONEY MYTH
City Hall says that we don't have and can't get the money to fix or maintain the Viaduct.
City Hall says they can't afford to maintain the Viaduct.
City Hall says they can’t afford to insure the Viaduct.
INDUSTRY IS UGLY MYTH
City Hall says the views from the Viaduct aren't worth saving.
ITS TOO LATE MYTH
City Hall claims that it is too late to stop the demolition.
City Hall says that unless they follow recommendation of the flawed L.R.Kimball study and demolish the Viaduct, that they'll have to pay the $85,000 study bill.