Land Line Magazine: Bridges to Somewhere
From Land Line Magazine:
Aug. 1 marked the second anniversary of an American transportation tragedy – the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis during rush hour. The collapse left 13 people dead, including a truck driver, and injured 145. In an instant, the nation’s aging and overburdened infrastructure became mainstream news as people learned that 150,000 bridges on the national system are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. All of a sudden, everyone could relate. Congress and state governments unveiled new inspection protocols and began stepping up programs to repair, rehabilitate and replace bridges, starting with the worst.
“This great work will immortalize the present authorities of NY, will bless their descendants with wealth and prosperity, and prove to mankind the superior wisdom of employing the resources of industry in works of improvement rather than destruction.”