Jack’s Rating: Overpasses


My name is Jack Russillo and I’m a college freshman who just moved to the big city (Seattle) from a small town in the middle of nowhere. Every day I rate something on a scale of 1 to 100.

This is something that we certainly had none of back home on Orcas Island.

Nobody there needs a stinkin’ overpass!

On Orcas, there’s basically one really long road with a few smaller roads that branch off it. Most of them, like mine, are composed of dirt and gravel. Also, there aren’t really any bridges on the island… Sure, there are two sections of road that go over small streams on opposite ends of the island, but I would hardly consider them to be full on bridges.

With that being said, I never really grew up with overpasses around me. And, if you’re not used to them, they might be a little more surprising that you’d think.

Overpasses are much more than just a road that’s up in the air; they do more than just give another place for traffic to go. Overpasses are some of the biggest structures that we encounter everyday. They’re huge roads up in the air!

I’ve seen people living under overpasses; I’ve seen a park under an overpass; I’ve even seen an overpass underneath another overpass. They’re big, crazy structures that are so useful for our nation. They help us travel and transport goods better as a part of our freeway system. They’re clever, but strange — just as a bridge above land should be.

It’s weird walking over myriads of fast-moving cars. And I do it just about everyday.

When I walk down to the gym in the morning to go work out, it’s the roughest time for traffic on highway 513 headed for the Montlake Bridge. I see countless red brake lights as I walk across the overpass above the road. It’s madness, I tell ya.

Basically, I’m glad that we have overpasses. They’re ugly as hell and take up a ton of space, but they are super convenient for getting from one place to another within a city. They even provide a roof for vagabonds to sleep under, which I approve of.

I guess I never really realized how useful, and strange, these structures were until I began walking on one a few times a day.

Jack’s Rating: 56/100

Pro: Really just bridges on land, but instead of going over water, they go over more cars.

Con: I can’t imagine all the resources that go into constructing a single overpass — it must take a lot. Too much if you ask me.

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