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  • Thursday, August 02, 2007


    Bridge Collapse: Slight Return

    At this sad juncture, would I be amiss or callus in recalling that investment in highway infrastructure maintenance has been considered inadequate since the 1980s? Dear old Pres Reagan espoused shrinking government and this included infrastructure. Warnings about the results (and specifically, bridge collapses) have regularly popped up over at least the last fifteen years, perhaps longer.

    This Washington Post article references the current debate.

    Addendum: Guilty for not providing supporting documentation for my claim about the longstanding neglect of our infrastructure, I was glad to come across the following from 2005:
    Can you pinpoint when the U.S.’s infrastructure began to fall into decline?
    The first report on the infrastructure that I remember was during the Reagan administration in the late 1980s. That’s the baseline for where we are. And by that time the decline had already started: we were not receiving the needed funding to replace worn-out and obsolete equipment.
    (tip of the mouse to Agitprop.)

    Now playing: "When I'm Gone" by Ochs, Phil
    via FoxyTunes

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