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2019-06-19 -Short Attention Span Theater-
America's infrastructure is crumbling and these people are suffering because of it
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Posted by Skidmark 2019-06-19 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [321 views ]  Top

#1 Obama's shovel ready 'American Recovery and Reinvestment Act' of 2009.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-06-19 01:52||   2019-06-19 01:52|| Front Page Top

#2 the ASCE report is one they do every year

in the guts of the report the details come out and the problem with American infrastructure is not the physical structures but the capacity

that is, roads are not crumbling but they are very crowded

airports are not crumbling but there is a shortage of space frequently

etc.
Posted by lord garth 2019-06-19 03:20||   2019-06-19 03:20|| Front Page Top

#3 Giving illegals driver's licenses isn't going to help that then!
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-06-19 04:13||   2019-06-19 04:13|| Front Page Top

#4 the ASCE report is one they do every year

I was going to make a similar observation that, like various media attacks against Trump, this theme's in the rotation / playbook every year, like the flea-flicker and the naked bootleg. Sometimes it works, more often it doesn't.
Posted by Raj 2019-06-19 07:35||   2019-06-19 07:35|| Front Page Top

#5 As a retired ASCE member, allow me to point out that a lot of infrastructure spending passes through Civil Engineers.

If we somehow found enough cash to get the grades up to "A", there wouldn't be enough civil engineers to design and build the projects. Plus I am pretty sure the 'goalposts' would've moved by then. I suppose I am cynical.
Posted by Bobby 2019-06-19 08:04||   2019-06-19 08:04|| Front Page Top

#6 Solar flare, aging infrastructure or Russia: Who gets blamed when the US has a massive power outage?
Posted by Skidmark 2019-06-19 08:58||   2019-06-19 08:58|| Front Page Top

#7 Solar flare, aging infrastructure or Russia: Who gets blamed when the US has a massive power outage?

If the fascists commies progressives keep the pressure up, it will be visited upon them by their own acts. Not counting the self inflicted type like brown outs in Northern California.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-06-19 09:04||   2019-06-19 09:04|| Front Page Top

#8 I'm an ASCE member, and the guy in charge of our local bridge building/integrity/maintenance. I got called to the Grand Jury after the report card came out a couple years ago and they were worried about the grade our State's bridges got. I assured them that none were in immediate danger of collapse, or anywhere near. They asked why the grade was so low and ASCE demanding more funding. I let them know that that was one of the reasons why I was a dues-paying member, and if they didn't ask for more funding I wouldn't be a member much longer. Meeting over.
Posted by Frank G 2019-06-19 09:33||   2019-06-19 09:33|| Front Page Top

#9 Frank! That's even more cynical than me! Keepitup!
Posted by Bobby 2019-06-19 09:53||   2019-06-19 09:53|| Front Page Top

#10 frank g

as I recall the long term trend in highway bridges is a decrease in the number that are structurally deficient and an increase in the number that are functionally obsolescent (typically because they aren't wide enough or don't have enough lanes)

Posted by lord garth 2019-06-19 15:49||   2019-06-19 15:49|| Front Page Top

#11 The new ASSHTO rating criteria has eliminated the Functionally Obsolete criteria in the Sufficiency Rating as that skewed the results against older bridges that didn't have current standard widths, sidewalks, bike lanes, etc., that have been added on for vociferous constituencies. Currently they are all being rated under the LRFD criteria, which is a big chore. Structurally Deficient is the big driver now for priority work/$. Our bridges are inspected bi-annually by the State DOT SM&I crews with "snooper" trucks that articulate underside and around members
Posted by Frank G 2019-06-19 19:01||   2019-06-19 19:01|| Front Page Top

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