I see the “green” initiatives listed on MoDot’s Web site, but conspicuously missing is roadway design. There is nothing more wasteful (and ugly) than unnecessarily blasting away tons of rock (as we’ve done in the Ozarks) so that a roadway can be a laser-beam constant slope and straight as an arrow. Neither is necessary, and neither is elegant design.
Our engineers should be looking at grades in three dimensions and working with the contours instead of simply connecting point A to point B.
Curbing waste in times of declining resources makes good sense in strictly economical terms, but recognizing and working to preserve beauty that already exists really should just be a matter of course.