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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:07 pm

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Infrastructure spending: Which state is falling apart the worst?

In the Donald Trump era, the United States appears to be more politically divided than it has been in decades. Still, there are matters of public policy that most Americans can agree on -- chief among them is investment in infrastructure. According to a recent non-partisan Gallup poll, three out of four Americans support the president's plan of spending more federal money on infrastructure.

The president proposed a $1 trillion plan to improve aging roads, bridges, and tunnels across the country. While funding the project has proven to be a political challenge, broad public support for the plan is rooted in necessity.

About seven out of every 100 miles of roadway nationwide are in poor condition; 9 percent of bridges nationwide are structurally deficient, meaning that they are in need of some repair; and 17 percent of dams in the country have a high hazard potential -- meaning a functional failure would result in the loss of life.

For many, the notion of crumbling infrastructure conjures images of a bridge collapsing during rush hour, or a speeding passenger train hurtling off a faulty track. While such tragedies occur on occasion, they are relatively rare. Most people are affected by aging infrastructure on a daily basis in a number of more subtle ways including traffic congestion, public transportation delays, and vehicle damage.

Kristina Swallow, 2018 president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, explained the extent to which poor infrastructure affects our lives. “It’s hurting our economy, it’s hurting our communities' ability to grow, it’s hurting our quality of life, and in some cases, there are public safety concerns,” Swallow said. “Our infrastructure is not meeting our needs.”
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:50 am

Mississippi’s crumbling infrastructure delays emergency services and puts lives at risk

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/vi ... ?cid=sm_tw
Nearly 500 bridges in the state are in such disrepair that they’re closed and state, county and local governments lack the funding for repairs. This has serious, sometimes deadly, consequences for residents when emergency responders can’t quickly reach those in need.
Has Trump actually done anything about infrastructure?
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Post by Foggy » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:38 am

No but this week is infrastructure week. :?

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:47 pm

Manhattan Pier Is Deemed Unsafe, Forcing Cancellation of an Art Show

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/24/nyre ... er-92.html
“Following a routine inspection, we discovered structural issues at Pier 92,” the corporation spokesman Christopher Singleton said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to relocate any activity to Pier 90 while we conduct further analysis at the site.”

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Five years ago, an engineering firm report revealed that 57 percent of the 3,500 steel pilings in Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 had severely deteriorated, putting the structure in danger of collapsing into the Hudson River.

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Last year, a routine inspection of Pier 36 on the Lower East Side revealed structural damage, compelling organizers of Bike Expo New York, one of the largest bike shows on the East Coast, to move the show to Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:38 am

Here Are All The Crumbling Bridges on Long Island

https://patch.com/new-york/rockvillecen ... ong-island
Here's what they found for Long Island (these figures include bridges in Queens that are part of the Third Congressional District):

Total bridges: 2,557
Structurally deficient bridges: 46
Percent of bridges that are structurally deficient: 1.8 percent
Number of bridges in need of repair: 2,557
Cost to repair those bridges: $5.46 billion

The top five most-traveled structurally deficient bridges on Long Island carry nearly 78,000 crossings per day combined. In addition to the Smith Point Bridge (which will be replaced in coming years), they include Horseblock Road over Long Island Avenue in Medford, Bayview Avenue over the LIRR Port Washington bridge, Pearl Street over Mill River in Oceanside and Barstow Road over the LIRR Port Washington bridge.

The 2019 bridge report found there are more than 47,000 bridges rated "structurally deficient" and in urgent need of repairs. Americans cross these bridges — which were built an average of 62 years ago — 178 million times a day.

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"At this rate, it would take over 80 years to make the significant repairs needed on these structures," the report stated.
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Post by Addie » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:04 am

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Report Finds More Than 47,000 'Structurally Deficient' Bridges In The U.S.

The collapse of a bridge earlier this week in Tennessee is raising new alarms about the delicate state of infrastructure across the U.S.

Tennessee Department of Transportation engineers say that a concrete overpass spanning an interstate highway in Chattanooga fell when a truck carrying an oversize load hit the bottom of the bridge and sliced through steel beams underneath. One person driving underneath the bridge was injured, police say.

The accident is renewing concerns about the deterioration of bridges across the country. According to a new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 47,000 bridges in the U.S. are in poor condition and in need of urgent repairs. The organization, which analyzes data from the Federal Highway Administration and releases an annual report on bridges, estimates it will take more than 80 years to fix all of the nation's deficient bridges.

"Structurally deficient" doesn't mean the bridges are about to collapse, says Alison Black, chief economist for ARTBA. It just means the bridges are in need of renovation but are not unsafe for crossing, she tells Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd.

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