Retrench mouth

No, you can’t have a Skydance Bridge. Not yours:

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:

Proposal for Skydance Bridge

And it didn’t have to be.



  1. Mel »

    26 October 2010 · 8:00 pm

    I just read the description of this thing at There is no way this thing could have ever come in at $3.3 million or even $5.22 million.


  2. CGHill »

    26 October 2010 · 8:15 pm

    Not in this town, anyway.

  3. Tatyana »

    27 October 2010 · 8:29 am

    I would think if it would have cost $5.22 mln, than it would happen in OK rather than in NY.

    But yeah, it’s a pity.
    On the other hand, the design look suspiciously close to Calatrava’s.

  4. CGHill »

    27 October 2010 · 8:37 am

    You wouldn’t have to push Hans Butzer very far to get him to admit that yes, he had Calatrava on the brain.

  5. Brett »

    27 October 2010 · 10:03 am

    Darn. Looks like it would have been a great place to dock the zeppelin.

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