02 Jun '12, 4am

Detroit turns a freeway into a river

Detroit turns a freeway into a river

Venice, Italy. Not Detroit — yet. (Photo by Arian Zwegers.) On Thursday, Detroit tried a little Venetian experiment, turning one of its freeways into a river. This would have been great if it had been intentional, like an artistic statement about transportation and modern society or something. But instead, it was another statement: We should probably spend some money on infrastructure every so often. Early in the afternoon, a four-foot water main ruptured on the city’s west side, sending what one resident described as “a little tidal wave” rushing through the street and swamping the nearby Lodge Freeway. Water reached the windows of cars trapped in the lower part of the roadway. Freak occurrence, right? Not really. A few days ago, there was a break in nearby Shelby Township . In February, a water main break in a residential neighborhood flooded for a month , the freezing w...

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