Bridge safety still lacks urgency

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 1, 2012 - 6:04 AM

Arguments in favor of greater investment after the 35W bridge disaster never gained traction.

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erikj3Jul. 29, 1210:20 PM

"Arguments in favor of greater investment after the 35W bridge disaster never gained traction." Of course not, we were too busy building stadiums for billionaires.

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ollie3Jul. 29, 1211:10 PM

but just look at all the new private sector jobs we have by not spending on entitlements like safe bridges......

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StarquestJul. 30, 12 2:32 AM

Minnesota raised the gas tax to increase infrastructure spending -- but that was only done by a veto override! It's about priorities. Right now our priorities include making sure that no billionaire has his taxes raised.

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rshacklefordJul. 30, 12 4:19 AM

"Bridge safety still lacks urgency" is the title of this article. No freakin' (bleep)! I wish that all of the pretty and dressed-up in construction garb stadium supporters would have lobbied for BRIDGES, ROADS, and OTHER IMPORTANT STRUCTURES instead of an unnecessary monument for an uber-rich New Jersey person! Those posers showed all of us how unimportant the public good is compared to them selling out for menial, subserviant, and short-term jobs. Dayton was their cheerleader (good 'ol jersey number 12) and they followed him like lemmings. Repair our infrastructure!!

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kleindropperJul. 30, 12 6:35 AM

No, we're too busy diverting road dollars to useless choo choo trains.

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bobfastnerJul. 30, 12 7:31 AM

Maybe if we didn't have to have the prettiest bridge, we might build the strongest, most durable bridges. ollie3: Bridges aren't entitlements. They are infrastructure. If you want to rip "someone", make sure you understand the difference.

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wndwmkrJul. 30, 12 7:33 AM

Instead a new vikings stadium. Keep voting for the DFL folks and they will destroy all infrastucture and then say they couldn't do it because there wasn't enough tax money and you will of course believe them.

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west336Jul. 30, 12 7:33 AM

Right guys....it's the Vikings and Central Corridor's fault this happened or could continue to happen in this city and country....This is something that needs investment from the TOP, in addition to the city/county/state levels. This would include raising taxes no matter how you slice it, so be very careful what you wish for and try not to be a hypocrite in the process!

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kleindropperJul. 30, 12 8:18 AM

Re:"This would include raising taxes no matter how you slice it," - No, we could have built 6 new bridges for the cost of the Hiawatha and Central lines, and several more with the yearly operating costs sunk into them. We as a society decided to use our resources build trains that nobody uses instead of safe bridges and this is the result when you do that.

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roymercerJul. 30, 12 8:20 AM

What s this story referring to? We just spent millions on the new Sabo bicycle bridge over Minnehaha Ave, and millions more to repair its faulty design.

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