Thursday, August 02, 2007

This sucks big time.

White House: Inspection 2 years ago found structural problems with Minneapolis bridge

August 2, 2007
BY DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press
WASHINGTON---- The White House said Thursday that an inspection two years ago found structural deficiencies in the highway bridge that buckled during evening rush hour in Minneapolis.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said the Interstate 35W span rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability.

''This doesn't mean there was a risk of failure, but if an inspection report identifies deficiencies, the state is responsible for taking corrective actions,'' he said. The bridge was 40 years old.


At 10:51 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

Good lord. Listening to Jennings testimony. What a weasel.

At 11:06 AM, Anonymous John Aravosis' Neighbor Barbara said...

The Current Occupant just gave a statement blaming the Democrats for this. The man has no shame whatsoever.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Robert P said...

The state might be responsible, but large highway projects like roads and bridges are usually funded with the help of federal dollars. Those federal dollars have shrunk at the same time that construction costs have skyrocketed because of increased cost of production in asphalt (for one reason).

Most states are ONLY repairing things that can no longer wait. This bridge was being resurfaced, which probably means that is all they had money to do.

Of course, they could have raised taxes to pay for new highways, but that would require political balls and Democrats and Republicans BOTH appear to be lacking those.

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