The Skydance Bridge, designed by Butzer SXL, was supposed to cost $3.3 million, which was great because the total amount the city was able to spend was $6.8 million. Then it went up to $5.22 million, eh … that’s okay, but hope the city didn’t count on the savings it looked like there might be on the project. And then the cost ballooned to $12.8 million and that is the most recent cost estimate.
There are, we are told, reasons for the cost overrun, apart from the fact that it was going to be downtown and everything seems to cost a whole lot more downtown. (Think “Crosstown Expressway,” which is now starting to look like, or at least cost like, Boston’s Big Dig.) What is going to bother most of us, though, is that this design is apparently dead in the water:
And it didn’t have to be.