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Old 10-31-2007, 08:31 AM
 
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Wow! I was just reading your local paper online and came across this. 'Structurally deficient' bridges across the state (broken link)
How come the state let them get into such bad shape? I thought with the state income tax and all, you would have great roads and bridges...Your thoughts.....

Dave
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Wow! I was just reading your local paper online and came across this. 'Structurally deficient' bridges across the state (broken link)
How come the state let them get into such bad shape? I thought with the state income tax and all, you would have great roads and bridges...Your thoughts.....
According to some statistics Minnesota isn't doing that badly (in terms of percentage, and counting the District of Columbia, Minnesota is #49 out of 51 "states" with #1 being the worst).
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:52 PM
 
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We do, the bridge that collaped was during rush hour traffic, on a 95* day, with road constuction going on, with a freight train running under it. The bridge wasn't good, but it would not have collapsed under normal circumstance.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Maryland's 6th District.
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I don't have any official numbers (and I am too lazy at the mo to look them up) but a majority of the NATIONS bridges are in dire need of repair.

You know, I was in Boston when the bridge collapsed (35W) and one thing that still sticks with me from those first images was Fox News keeping the focus on whether or not it was a terrorist attack. Give me an effin' break! People were trapped in their cars, some even under water and that was the angle that they took!?! Oh the humanity is right....
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:19 PM
 
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That is because you were watching FOX News.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Unfortunately, it's quite common for money allocated for projects like bridge maintenance/repair to be redirected to the pet projects of politicians. As usual, politicians are playing games with peoples' lives in an effort to get reelected (or please their corporate supporters).
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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Wow! I was just reading your local paper online and came across this. 'Structurally deficient' bridges across the state (broken link)
How come the state let them get into such bad shape? I thought with the state income tax and all, you would have great roads and bridges...Your thoughts.....

Dave
What state do you live in Dave?
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