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15 Responses to “Find Aging Bridges Near You”

  1. chartist says:

    The Brent Spence in Cincinnati. It’s a double decker. Current cost to replace is around $2 billion.. They’re thinking of making it a toll bridge….Very heavy traffic on that bridge as route 75 is a major truck passageway.

  2. wdevauld says:

    I am unsure as to why the administration has not taken the aging infrastructure as an opportunity to reduce unemployment. Granted, a number of the people involved in upgrading bridges, rebuilding trusses and keeping super structures safe are specialized; although, a majority of the work is pulling crumbled concrete from cracks, packing building materials or watching machines do work which can be done by anyone who is not willing to let their pride stop them from working.

    To me, this is an opportunity.

    • Iamthe50percent says:

      They said they were going to do this in the beginning and put money into the stimulus. All I’ve seen in Illinois (Chicago area) is an orgy of pouring tar on roads while bridges develop bigger and bigger cracks. They tarred the road leading into my subdivision twice. The first job was so bad the road (SR 19) was almost impassible for the waves. The next year they ripped it all off and did it decently. Unfortunately asphalt doesn’t last in our climate, but road contractors sure make money.

    • rd says:

      Most bridges aren’t “shovel ready”. You have to the engineering first which takes some time. The GOP refused to believe that there was an economic slowdown because of lack of spending, so any stimulus needed to be able to be executed within 12-24 months. Paving, sidewalks, signs, and painting are just about the only things you can do in a public works framework in that timeframe.

      The concept of “planning” has gone out the window in this age of gratification.

      BTW – bridges are handy indicators because you can see them (some are really scary to go under, especially old railroad bridges). Most cities have similar issues with their buried utility systems like water and sewer lines. The population is going to be really surprised in the ocming decades about how often they are going to be notified that they won’t have drinking water available for a few days because of water line breaks in 80 year old water pipes.

  3. RW says:

    WRT aging bridges

    US101(HWY009) crossing YAQUINA BAY
    Lincoln County, OR
    Built: 1934
    Average daily traffic: 17,900

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/YaquinaBayBridge1.jpg

    Whether it be fishing or crabbing time I cross this Depression era beauty to get to the marina. Guess I need to bug my congress critters some more for additional infrastructure dollars even though I know it won’t do any good with the Party of NO jamming up the works.

  4. Manofsteel11 says:

    Try mapping the decaying water and sewer pipes, then overlay areas most impacted by drought and those suffering from climate volatility (floods etc.). Now review bond rating per the related utilities in the context of state and local debt, CAPEX needs, rising costs and challenges to raise revenue, etc…

  5. Chief Tomahawk says:

    Omaha, Nebraska, looks like the eye of the storm…

  6. Francisco Bandres de Abarca says:

    Here’s a bridge issue which arose just this morning in Green Bay:
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130925/GPG0101/309250360/?nclick_check=1

    This might be appropriate if it’s bridge to Sag Harbor, but not Green Bay. Bad-um-bum. Oh, I really should have my agent book that tour for the Borscht Belt next summer.

    • howardoark says:

      That’s very bad – a major interstate bridge will be closed for probably at least a couple of months – but it wasn’t lack of maintenance. Something changed in the subsurface 33 years after the bridge was built and a pier sank 20 inches. I’ll be interested to see what the cause was because, as the saying goes, you only learn from other people’s mistakes.

  7. howardoark says:

    I went and looked at the closest bridge to my house (MINER RD crossing SAN PABLO CREEK
    Contra Costa County, CA, Built: 1960, Average daily traffic: 6,621). The issue with it appears to be that this 150 foot long bridge doesn’t have a breakdown lane. You hate to hear this, but ASCE (the trade group of my profession) is whining about first world problems. There is nothing wrong with America’s infrastructure that normal preventative maintenance won’t take care of.

  8. o2bnme says:

    Interesting information. I’m not saying it is suspect, but keep in mind that this data isn’t up to date. It is a snapshot in time. For instance, Naples, Maine had a bridge replaced over the past 2 summers (open to traffic summer, 2012). This data set still shows the old bridge (built in 1954).

  9. steveh18 says:

    Most of the bridges in the portland, me area have been or are in the process of being replaced.

  10. jbegan says:

    Well.. We finally opened our earthquake replacement span here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of course, costs rose from $1.3 billion, to $3 billion, to more than $6 billion since 1989…But hey! It’s real pretty. Too bad you need a 4 wheel drive on any road or freeway leading up to and away from that span. The story goes that small cars often fall into the pot holes of the 101, are never seen again and become just another bump in the road.

  11. theexpertisin says:

    No problem with this issue. The Fed will keep printing paper money 24/7.This pseudo currency will be used to fund infrastructure concerns. Why can’t the Republicans figure this scheme out and embrace it?

    It’s so easy, a cave man could do it.