Sunday, July 27, 2008

I feel like my state won a silver medal

Once again, we're one of the top states in a category where we really don't want to be anywhere near the top. Sinister has the lowdown:
More than 5,000 bridges in the state are considered deficient. Pennsylvania's more than 8,000 deficient bridges earned it the top spot on the list. The status of deficient means the bridges are not unsafe but are so deteriorated that they must be closely monitored and inspected or repaired.

The report said it will take billions to fix the 12 percent of the nation's 600,000 bridges that are rated structurally deficient by the Federal Highway Administration.
Like I keep saying, we need a big Federal program to fix our crumbling national infrastructure. Our highways, bridges, and levees are all deteriorating at an alarming rate. Such a program will also create jobs during a difficult economic period - which can't be a bad thing.
Repairing the infrastructure would be one of the more useful things the government could do. As I've probably said repeatedly, if you're going to go bankrupt any way (which is where the US is heading), you might as well have something to show for it. Safer bridges, a revitalized rail system, refurbished and improved levees and sewer systems would all be more valuable to us than continuing to chase good money after bad maintaining the trappings of empire.

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