The collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 killed 13 people and focused attention on the state of bridges across the nation.

NYT, March 3rd, 2014

Category: Economy, Really, really bad calls, Video

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9 Responses to “When a Bridge Falls”

  1. Concerned Neighbour says:

    Moar tax cuts!

    But seriously, infrastructure repair/investment is a no brainer. It’s good for the middle class, and it pays off for the broader economy down the road (no pun intended). Lots of studies have shown there are huge infrastructure deficits in this country, and we shouldn’t need tragedies such as this to prod us into action.

    Of course, with interest rates so (artificially) low and the economy still in bad shape (absent what the equity “markets” are telling you), these last five years would have been a perfect time to embark on some major infrastructure investments. That’s why I’m not surprised it didn’t happen to any significant degree.

  2. GeorgeBurnsWasRight says:

    The “focused attention” rapidly shifted and hasn’t returned except for a small number of engineers who live in dread of the next one.

  3. RW says:

    It is absolutely astonishing what the austerity bug and moralistic approaches to policymaking generally have done and are doing to this country: Infrastructure repair and replacement should have been at the very top of the policy agenda rather than the budget deficit but, other than the defense budget which remains as fat as ever, the very flesh and sinew of this country is being ripped from it while even the knowledge needed to heal is suppressed by funding cuts. A case in point:

    Hard drugs demand solid understanding

    …due to budget concerns… Our nation’s richest source of information about cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine abuse has been terminated. How can we make sensible decisions about treatment funding without knowing how many people are suffering from dependence on drugs and whether the number is rising or falling? This void also hobbles efforts to calculate the amount of drug revenues flowing to criminal organizations inside and outside of the United States, a useful input for assessing the effort to combat organized crime.

    Even at its peak ADAM cost only about $10 million per year, roughly a fifth of what it costs to operate NSDUH — and less than one one-hundredth of one-percent of the social cost imposed by abuse of the drugs it tracked. Good policy needs a foundation in good data.

    NB: ADAM is the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program and NSDUH is The National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

  4. rd says:

    There is only one solution. Contact your congressman and state legislator and request that they fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements. They are the people who control the purse strings and will only respond to voters.

    The issues with infrastructure are directly parallel to the issues of financial sector stability. There are lots of constituencies who want to divert resources away from doing something to improve the situation.

    BTW – infrastructure is an excellent way to create good-paying jobs all across the country. That does not appear to have been a government policy priority to date either.

  5. S Brennan says:

    Your Tax Cuts at Work!

  6. RC says:

    It boggles the mind when such critical items are resource starved and politicians are willing to spend billions in foreign wars. Where is the outrage?
    Increasing infrastructure investment is the best way to boost job growth, so this is a win-win yet there is no urgency on this. It must be taken up on a war footing (yes, “war” Washington based politician’s favorite word)

    • ilsm says:

      Fox News commentators see $300B for infrastructure as debt growing extravagance!

      Infrastructure is accused of local graft. Local graft is NOT why the debt is $17T and growing. There could not have been that much shovel leaning make work!

      Pentagon unwarranted influence is national graft, their bagmen spread around the net off $26T over a little more than a half century of war profiteering.

      Big money keeps the debate away from the real graft the unwarranted influence.

      A score or so Trillions for war do not make the debt.

      Lockheed could sell you the deed to the Minneapolis bridge……….

  7. Willy2 says:

    - Before the collapse, Minnesota instituted a tobacco tax to be able to build a base ball stadium but they refused to increase the taxes in order to increase the maintenance budget.

  8. A says:

    Throughout history, it has been shown that people have to die, to get the political process in motion.
    And it will always be so.