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Posted on Jul 30, 2008
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According to an AP review of more than 1,000 structures, just 12 percent of the nation’s most troubled and traveled bridges have been repaired since the deadly collapse of a Minneapolis bridge a year ago. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but most officials seem to agree that the money just isn’t there.


AP via Google:

A year after the worst U.S. bridge collapse in a generation brought calls for immediate repairs to other spans, two of every three of the busiest problem bridges in each state—carrying nearly 40 million vehicles a day—have had no work beyond regular maintenance.

An Associated Press review of repairs on each state’s 20 most-traveled bridges with structural deficiencies found just 12 percent have been fixed. In most states, the most common approach was to plan for repairs later rather than fix problems now.

The bridges reviewed by the AP—1,020 in all—are not in imminent danger of collapse, state engineers and highway officials say. But the officials acknowledge the structures need improvement, many sooner rather than later.

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By heide, August 1, 2008 at 6:00 am Link to this comment
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no money to fix the bridges
cause its all being spent to blow up iraq
line halliburtons pockets
ect…...

oh 1 more thing those bridges woulda lasted alot longer.think CENTURIES… been alot stronger
if the concrete woulda been HEMPCRETE….just 1 more reason to LEGALIZE ALL THINGS HEMP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By Tony Wicher, July 31, 2008 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment

Re samosamo, July 30 at 7:08 pm #


No, america’s infrastructure is back burner material. We need to keep pouring more money into illegal and useless wars and military spending on things as important as space weapons because I bet the martians are going to attack and we need them space weapons.
Or, n.korea will attack us and only space weapons will save us.
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Samo,

This is why we need to get Obama in there. Sure he represents “corporate America”, but which part of it? Not weapons manufacturers, but other, more benign parts of the economy, which will benefit from renewing infrastructure, from government-subsidized medical care in some form, from policies of energy independence and green energy, and so forth.

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By tigger, July 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

All of the money does go somewhere.  I live in Mpls the bridge is supposed to be done later this year, convienently just around the RNC that will be in St Paul. The controversy lies with the fact that MnDot knew about the bridge problem long before the tragic event. Political controversy and mismanagement has held true even in the MN Gov’t. 
This reminds me of the levees in New Orleans, the gov’t could have fixed them properly after the army engineers told the gov’t they would not hold up, but instead we diverty millions of dollars to Iraq instead of taking care of the US Citizens.
Its all the about the war in Iraq, the US is paying a huge price for this war, to what end, to have more enemies than we already do. Thank you Pres Bush you really $(U% EVERYTHING UP!!

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By diamond, July 31, 2008 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

You know where the money is? IN IRAQ. IN IRAQ. IN IRAQ. Pissed away by a President and Vice President who came into office with a surplus that would have amounted to a trillion dollars over ten years- left by Bill Clinton. The surplus is gone and America is now drowning in debt. A more perfect example of wanton waste and irresponsibility would be hard to find. Financial collapse and moral collapse to the nth degree. Impeach the bastards for God’s sake!Or for your own sake. Whichever.

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By samosamo, July 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

No, america’s infrastructure is back burner material. We need to keep pouring more money into illegal and useless wars and military spending on things as important as space weapons because I bet the martians are going to attack and we need them space weapons.
Or, n.korea will attack us and only space weapons will save us.

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By purplewolf, July 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

Living in Michigan we have three main bridges, the Mackinaw Bridge, Blue Water Bridge and the Ambassador Bridge, all of which are heavily used. Having been on the Mackinaw bridge several times, length 5 miles, I hope to never be on it if it were to collapse due to poor maintenance. But hey, we have more than enough borrowed money for the wars Bush has involved the U.S. in and now there is talk we are already at war in Iran, so it looks as if the bridges will have to wait longer.

Before Bush was gifted with the W.H., in July 2000, his top priority was war in Iraq and America and its problems were at the bottom of his list of what needed to be done. Well, I guess we can credit him with keeping his word on that promise, even though it is at the expense of America and it’s people., reputation, etc….

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