Thursday, June 21, 2007
Just plane stopped
(Note: the photo is a montage)
We were heading back to Beaumont this weekend but got stuck on the I-10 bridge over the Bonne Carre spillway. It took us 2 hours to get across the 10-mile bridge. There was an accident up ahead -- I suspect more than one.
The Bonne Carre is an interesting stretch of land -- this low swath of ground is used to take the burden off the levees in New Orleans. Every few summers there is a flood of water coming down the Mississippi. The river rises and puts pressure on the levees for days or weeks at a time. So they open the Bonne Carre, upriver from New Orleans and bypass the city -- spilling the water into Lake Pontchartrain and from there to the Gulf.
So what do you do on a lazy summer evening -- I started taking pictures of planes flying over and into New Orleans' airport. After about an hour the planes stopped coming past. Eventually I was curious enough to look around and saw that the winds had shifted and they were bringing the planes in on another runway.
Below, a lane of traffic trying to merge onto the I-10 from the I-310 suffers the same fate. But apparently they had a better view from up there.