Wes Cartwright is spot on (“Plan for light rail in future,” Our Readers’ Views, Nov. 26) when he writes that the new Interstate 5 Bridge needs to have at least the structural capability to someday support light rail. It is arrogant for us to argue that decades from now folks neither need nor want light rail. We may not want or need it now, but we must not shut the door on the concept.
The highway department provides a good example of this kind of thinking. When they build an overpass to span two lanes of highway, they build the overpass wide enough to span three or four lanes. Then, decades later, when the highway needs widening the overpasses don’t need to be touched. This is good engineering practice and prudent use of public money.