Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Modest Proposal to Save Lives on Oklahoma Interstates During Tornadoes

A Modest Proposal: 
We build snow sheds on the Interstates in the Sierras, why not tornado sheds in Oklahoma. Design for the maximum number of cars on a ten mile (variable) stretch( all cars in that mileage would be in the shelter in less than ten minutes), put bumper to bumper in a shelter that is over the existing roadway with storm proof doors at each end. Some shelters would be small. Those in or near cities would be larger. The tops could be used for wildlife cross overs in rural areas or green areas and parks in the cities. A tornado deflecting structure would cost less than a comparable snow shed. However, the cost/benefit of the lives saved may not be good enough to afford the structures.