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10A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 13, 1999
Broadway Bridge, M-14 construction to be delayedL

By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
No one likes road construction hassles and
construction projects taking place concurrently
only compounds the problem.
In an effort to avoid this problem in Ann
Arbor, the city will delay the reconstruction of
the Broadway Bridge until autumn, Director of
Public Services William Wheeler said.
Road work on M-14 and the Broadway
Bridge were slated to take place this summer.
Both are major connectors of the city's north
side and downtown. State construction of M-14
between 1-94 and North Main Street is sched-
uled to begin in the spring and finish in
September.
Tony Kratofil, associate region engineer for
project development of the Michigan
Department of Transportation, said more than
20,000 automobiles per day travel through the

M-14 section scheduled to be closed. Wheeler
said one lane in each direction will remain open
on M-14 at the North Main Street interchange.
"Why incur that increased risk of not getting
people to where they want," Wheeler said of his
decision to delay the bridge project.
When bridge work begins, three of four lanes
of the two-bridge system will be closed to con-
struct a new bridge. One inbound lane is expect-
ed to stay open for traffic.
The bridge extends over the Huron River near
North Campus and the railroad tracks on
Broadway. Outbound traffic will be detoured
via Maiden Lane, Fuller Avenue, Glen Street
and Huron Avenue.
Wheeler said his decision to delay the project
took place after a Nov. 22 meeting with state and
county transportation officials. He learned the
Baron Drive and Whitmore Lake Road exits on
M-14 will be closed at various times for the

state road work.
"Residents use those exits to get in and out of
town, as well as the Broadway Bridge' Wheeler
said.
Wheeler added that the delay will allow the
city to finish road work on Huron Parkway
before the bridge detour takes affect. I
Huron Parkway, which Wheeler estimates
will experience increased traffic during the
autumn bridge work, has been reduced to two
lanes. Huron Parkway operates with four lanes
under normal conditions. Repairs are expected
to be completed by August.
"There's no reason in taking the risk,"
Wheeler said, referring to the having two less
lanes available for the increased traffic load.
The bridge construction will take a toll on the
Ann Arbor Transportation Association, AATA
manager of Service Development Chris White
said. City buses will face reroutes and may have

trouble reaching their destination on time. He
said nearly 150 buses and 3,000 riders a day will
be affected by the project, adding AATA will not
be directly affected by the M-14 closure.
"I don't know what the combined effect will
be but certainly, it will be helpful," White said
referring to the different construction times.
White said AATA has plans to combat
reroutes and extra traffic by increasing the num-
ber of buses servicing each route and allowing
drivers more time to travel their scheduled
paths. White added that some routes have suc-
cessfully implemented these changes.
University Supervisor of Bus Operations Bitsy
Lamb said University buses will not be redirected,
but she expects an increase in traffic congestion.
"It's going to"create a lot of trouble. The prob-
lem is people won't be adjusted to it," Lamb said.
Lamb said students may experience a nega-
tive effect from the roadwork.

Many HIV patients.forgo care

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Tie at Press said they somerimes went without food,
One-third of the nation's HIV patients clothing or housing because they need-
have forgone medical care because they ed money for HIV care.
could not afford the time or the money, The message for policymakers is that
researchers from the University of "for complex diseases such as HIV,
California at Los Angeles, the Rand addressing social benefits and medical
Corp. and eight other institutions con- benefits at the same time may have the
cluded ina study being released today. most benefit for the patients,' said the
Minorities, women, drug abusers and study's lead author, William Cunningham,
poor people were most likely to stint on an assistant professor at the UCLA
medical care because of competing schools of public health and medicine.
demands from their home lives, such as The study's results came as no surprise
working or spending money on food to officials working in AIDS health care.
and shelter, the study found. "It's something that I think those of
Conversely, 8 percent of those studied us who work in the field of HIV and

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AIDS have been hearing for yeams, par-
ticularly as the epidemic has moved
into communities of the poor and disen-
franchised," said Vanessa Baird, acting
chief of the California Office of AIDS.
But she added, that it was not uniqueto
HIV/AIDS patients. "I think it happens
with people who are sick, period, who are
sometimes living on the margins, where
the choice of accessing something means
giving up something else."
Cunningham said he believed the study
was the fistof its kind to look at the com-
peting demands facing patients of a chron-
ic disease nationwide. But he said, anoth-
er study had looked at diabetes patients in
Minneapolis, and found a similartrade-off
between social and medical needs.
"We do think these problems pertain
to other diseases," he said. "We don't
think they pertain only to HIV"
Even among HIV patients, he said, the
study may represent only a small part of
the problem. He said the researchers stud-
ied only those who had some history of
obtaining medical care for HIV But as
many as halfthe people who have HIV do
not seek help at all, the study noted.
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Chilean election
heralds democra

Los Angeles Times
CHILLAN, Chile - No matter
what happened in yesterday's presi-
dential election, Chile will make
history.
If Ricardo Lagos wins, he will
become the first Socialist president
since Salvador Allende was over-
thrown by a U.S-backed military
coup in 1973 and died as planes
bombed the presidential palace.
If Joaquin Lavin wins, he will
become the first rightist president since
Gen. Augusto Pinochet obeyed the

wishes of the voters followin
referendum and relinquishe
after more than 16 years of dic
And if the pollsters arer
neither candidate wins th
fought race outright, Chile
its first presidential runoff
next month. That compet
reflects the advances in
democratic transition, wI
only accelerated since P
arrest in London last year b
police acting on a Spanisl
warrant.

"if we're going to move more slowly, those peo-
ple are not going to make theirclass" Lamb said.
She added that the University bus system has
contingency plans in place, such as the availabili--
ty of 10 extm buses to transport students on timeS
Lamb said increased traffic will be problem.
atic, but added it could be worse.
"This makes it somewhat better," Lamb sa
referring to the bridge construction delay.
Wheeler notified the Ann Arbor City Counci
of his decision in a Dec. 6 memorandum.
Councilmember Heidi Herrell (D-Ward 111
said she would like construction could start ear-
lier but understands Wheeler's reasoning.
"It seems like the only thing to do to avoid a
very difficult situation," Herrell said.
In the memorandum, Wheeler told the city
council his goal is still to finish the project "by.-
the end of 2001 construction season, as
planned."
Bonfire
shows
stability,
Br Stuart Hutson
e Battalion
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (U-
WIRE) - The soil conditions at t
bonfire site did not contribute to the
stacks collapse, according to an inde
pendent consultant hired by Texas
A&M University.
Philip Buchanan, president of
Buchanan-Soil Mechanics Inc. of
PPHOTO College Station, told The Dallas
a, Morning News last Thursday that
nship tests on soil samples taken the day
on after the collapse indicated nohin
unstable about the ground at the boh
fire site.
"It was noteatsoil failure'
Buchanan, who related he event so
the collapse of a grain silo, said.
"There are ases where there have
been silo failures where the soil
would fail under a grain silo and it
would more or less capsize. But that
did not happen here."
Bill Kibler, associate vice president
g a 1988 for student affairs and former bonfif@
d power faculty adviser, said Buchanan's analt
tatorship. sis of the soil's role in the collapse may
right and be premature.
is close- "I don't think that it is prudent to
will hold jump to conclusions about what did or
election did not cause the collapse after every
itiveness new piece of evidence is revealed
Chile's Kibler said. "This will be a valuable
hich has piece of information, but we wo i
inochet's have any sort of definite answers un
'y British the commission releases its report
I judge's March.'
Kibler said the role of the ground&s
stability may have been more obvious
after the last collapse in 1994, but Is
still may be an important factor in the
investigation.
"In 1994, it obviously was revealed
very quickly that the ground played a
LD big role when it fell because of the
extreme weather conditions, which
made the soil extremely damp,"'Kibl
said. "They were able to treat that y
mixing lime and ash into the soil to
DAY make the ground a little more stable.
This time, the cause may be a little
P.ME harder to fix"
John Weese, A&M faculty adviser

k Y for the bonfire investigation commis-
sion and a professor of mechanical
ER0 engineering, said the commission will
take the information revealed by t
soil tests as a piece of the puz
( Yt which will hopefully show why
stack fell.
TED. "The commission will receive the
information and will give it full an4
careful consideration," he said. "Their
conclusions and analysis on the matter
will be revealed in their final repdh
along will all their findings."
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