Mar 14, 2014
Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe
Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Guess what happens when Washington gridlock, aging infrastructure and warped national priorities intersect?
Things don’t get built, or repaired. Like bridges—a crucial component of the national transportation system. The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that at least 8,000 spans across the country are “structurally deficient,” yet countless motorists cross them every day. “These bridges will all eventually fall down,” construction attorney Barry LePatner told the Times.
This isn’t a “what if” scenario. Bridges have failed in recent years in Minnesota, killing 13 people, and in Washington state, severing a crucial trade and transportation link to Canada. The Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, a key link in the interstate system in that region, is on the deficient list.
Repairing and upgrading the bridges get more difficult and more expensive the longer the work is delayed. But there’s more than public safety at issue. Imagine what the infusion of billions of dollars a year would do for local economies, putting a variety of people, such as engineers and concrete pourers, to work.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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