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Replacing Highways in Shozhod

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Retep Molinari

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Welcome back!

Having outlined the plans for reconstruction, the hard work of rebuilding can begin!

First on the list was Shozhod, the former capital of Bordav (which, if you're not up todate, is nor a part of the Syldav Union, led by the government in Taraville.)

With 1.2 million people in the metro area, Shozhod was targeted for major improvements in transportation. The city was built as a car-based city. Miles of highways were built in the 1950s, when Bordav's economy was booming. But the depression has left little need for cars. Shifting Shozhod to a greener, mass-transit-based city was imperative.

Some of the work that has been underway:

For full, super vivid resolution on all pics: Right click image + "View image." Very worth it!!

This freeway connects the southern sector of Shozhod (right) to Downtown. Both the freeway and bridge were known to be seismically unsafe.

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As stated above, the highways were build during the booming 1950s. But between economic depression and fuel shortages, there was little need for highways cris-crossing the cities. Therefore, the freeway was turned into

The bridge, however, was rebuilt. But the government wanted to do more than rebuilt: it wanted to enrich communities. The new stonemason bridge was carved by artisans depicting the history of Shozhod. Not only did this provide artisans with much needed work, it showed that the new government cared about the history and culture of the newly unified people.

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Land freed from the demolition of the freeways was a boon to the local community. A new light rail line--part of a massive expansion of mass transit it Shozhod--along a bike path provide both open space and ease traffic congestion.

Overall transit capacity through this corridor actually increased, given that light rail can have 8 times the capacity of a single lane of freeway. (See? It's true!)

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The light rail line mentioned above was built along an abandoned freight rail corridor. Two of the new lines end at the Shozhod Sports Complex. A new subway terminal is also being built, but more on Shozhod's mass transit at a later time.

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So much land cleared up from taking down the freeways. Along with thinning out old industrial buildings, this neighborhood is primed for redevelopment. Among other options being considered is a major university.

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That's all for today. Hope to see you here soon! And remember to leave me a comment!


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Redeveloping zones where highways used to be is never easy for me; I'm always afraid of making things not to look better. You've dared to do this and the result is great! Excellent job!

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Its like watching a painter working on a canvas. The new bridge looks top and seeing your CJ return to trams is something I've wanted to see for some time (and hope to see more of). The story all flows perfectly and ties everything together. 

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