150,000 U.S. bridges are still rated 'deficient'

  • Article by: JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 21, 2010 - 8:42 PM

Three years after I-35W disaster, Reps. Jim Oberstar and Tim Walz warn of lingering national problems.

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numbbbJul. 21, 10 9:04 PM

Yet a good majority of the public wants the choo choo train idea to go through and they want bike paths to go everywhere through all their big park ideas. Hmmm, but wait, we don't even have enough funding going towards the reassurement that another bridge won't collapse. I love our societys over all logic on things, not only in their personal life, but in everyday life such as this issue. Play before work. Pathetic.

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dmpabloJul. 21, 1010:13 PM

to Republicans you s.o.b.'s/

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montaguezxJul. 21, 1010:45 PM

most of these bridges are 30-50 years old. They were designed in those halcyon days when engineers figured that these structures would be repaired or replaced as their useful lifespan came to an end. There are bridges in Europe that trace their inception to Ancient Rome. However they have been repaired and rebuilt or replaced several times over because the people who use them are wise to the fact that you have to spend money to keep them operating. Why is that concept such a mystery here?

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smeeagainJul. 21, 1011:19 PM

That's the answer! Cut taxes and bridges will pop up everywhere!

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garagewineJul. 22, 10 1:15 AM

"Give us more money or this cute little puppy dies!"

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zelbir1000Jul. 22, 10 5:24 AM

"Terming bridges structurally deficient or functionally obsolete means they are substandard" Just means that they are not up to the current design standard. Those design standards can change every year. More fear mongering by the Trib when context is not being provided.

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awshucksJul. 22, 10 6:25 AM

Deferred maintenance is a scare tactic alright - but why do we let ourselves get into this position? You wouldn't buy a new car and never change the oil - but why do we assume exactly that can be done with bridges and other infrastructure? If ya build it, ya gotta maintain it - or suffer the consequences. Unfortunately when a bridge fails, people die and the economic effects can be significant.

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merkinJul. 22, 10 7:19 AM

How many more bridges need to drop before it's not simply scare tactics? You can't defer maintenance indefinitely.

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toolman28Jul. 22, 10 8:43 AM

Add a gas tax for doing this - won't go over well but some thing has to be done

Another option is getting the Heck out of the 2 wars we are spending billions on and use that money to take care of our own country

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dan816Jul. 22, 10 8:48 AM

Stop wasting our tax money on this so-called 'stimulus' b.s. and fix the bridges. Doesn't take a rocket scientist here...

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