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Shouldn't the company that built tridge be responisible for the cost to repair it ?
The bridge is stabilized so it is "fixed". They could support the entire span with scaffolds and remove the cables. Problem solved. Just paint and maintain scaffolds from now on. Next.
I just find it so ironic that a bicycle/pedestrian bridge, one of the 2 sacred cows of Minneapolis, failed and thereby shut down the other sacred cow, the Hiawatha Light rail system. The Star tribune headline should have read: $5M cash cow stops $1B cash cow.
"The Star tribune headline should have read: $5M cash cow stops $1B cash cow."......... What should of the headlines read when the 35W bridge failed?
"jimdog - What should of the headlines read when the 35W bridge failed?" How about "State Bridge Inspectors Fail To Do Their Jobs - killing 13 people and injuring 145" That bridge was opened in November 1967 and was 43 years old when it collapsed. The Martin Olav Sabo Bridge is less than 5 years old. Bridge construction had progressed tremendously between the build dates of these 2 bridges. The Martin Olav Sabo Bridge was 5 times more bridge than required to do the job of getting bicycles and pedestrians over Hiawatha Boulevard. Another huge waste of taxpayer money similar to $5M "green" roofs and $500K packed down the city rathole for 10 artsy-f*rtsy drinking fountains.
It is only a tiny fraction of total transportation dollars spent on mass transit and bicycle paths. Those who constantly clammor for absolutely zero spent on alternate transit want to see a city that is completely paved over in traffic lanes and no place left over for pedestrians or bicycles. With one person in each car and traffic backed up for miles in every direction. That is what the people with no vision for the future want.
To top it off, it looks like the company responsible for building the Sabo bridge and "inspecting" the old 35W bridge, is in the lead for getting the contract to build the SW metro leg of the LRT line. A local blogger wrote a post about it, very appropriately named "Rewarding Failure". Makes me wonder whose palms are getting greased (or political campaigns funded thru money-laundering front operations) and how much.
great! so now all of the 5 people who drive can go on Hiawatha! (sarcasm intended, someone left a comment on an earlier article about how "only 10 people" use the light rail)
I hope that they have to tear down the bridge and build an entirely new one and raise property taxes to do it. Maybe then, some heads will roll in Minneapolis, where it is acceptable to build something that costs 5 times more than it needed, because it looked "cool". Time to rein in Ryback, he needs to begin to remember who pays the bills and pays his salary.
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