Hat tip SG2
I’ve lived in Minneapolis for 12 years, and there has been no other event in this city that have I witnessed that was so heartbreaking and preventable than the I-35 W Mississippi River Bridge collapse.
The I-35W Mississippi River bridge (officially known as Bridge 9340) was an eight-lane, steel truss arch bridge that carried Interstate 35W across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. During the evening rush hour on August 1, 2007, it suddenly collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The bridge was Minnesota’s fifth busiest, carrying 140,000 vehicles daily. The NTSB cited a design flaw as the likely cause of the collapse, and asserted that additional weight on the bridge at the time of the collapse contributed to the catastrophic failure.
**On November 13, 2008, the NTSB released the findings of its investigation. The primary cause was the under-sized gusset plates, at 0.5 inches (13 mm) thick. Contributing to that design or construction error was the fact that 2 inches (51 mm) of concrete were added to the road surface over the years, increasing the dead load by 20%. Also contributing was the extraordinary weight of construction equipment and material resting on the bridge just above its weakest point at the time of the collapse. That load was estimated at 578,000 pounds (262,000 kg) consisting of sand, water, and vehicles. The NTSB determined that corrosion was not a significant factor, but that inspectors did not routinely check that safety features were functional.
*Notice the bridge’s safety had not been routinely checked. What do you suppose would happen to citizens in Ohio who don’t have alternative means of transit and the systems they have in place fail?
Take a real good look at the images folks, so that you can get a feel for the depth of our countries failing infrastructure.
Now take a closer look at this mug shot of your newly elected Governor. Remember, this is what you elected him to do for you and your state.
And remember his words… Say goodbye to your jobs and your state’s infrastructure!
The newly elected Republican governor of Ohio, John Kasich, who ousted Ted Strickland, a Democrat, has also reiterated a campaign pledge to kill a $400 million stimulus-funded rail project in his state.
“Passenger rail is not in Ohio’s future,” Mr. Kasich said at his first news conference after the election. “That train is dead.” (And so are 8,000 JOBS!)
Mr. Kasich had previously called the high-speed rail project the “dumbest idea” he had ever heard, saying that there was too little demand to justify its construction and that the state could not afford to operate it. Like his Wisconsin counterpart, he also said the rail money should be spent on roads. Instead, the funds will almost certainly revert to the federal government for reassignment elsewhere.
Take a look at what you’ve just signed on for with the Republicans gaining control of elected offices across the nation. If you think they’re going to govern to improve the lives of you and your loved ones, I’ve got swamp land in Antarctica to sell you.
Please drop in and notify 3 Chics of any big or small benefits that you’ve gained from the leadership of the GOP. We won’t hold our breath.
You’ve gotten what you asksed for, now deal with it.