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Earlier this week while driving in that fun construction zone right next to my house, the better half and I opined the reasoning for this stretch of road to be redone. It didn’t seem to be in all that bad of condition.

Now we may know the answer.

Tens of thousands of unsafe or decaying bridges carrying 100 million drivers a day must wait for repairs because states are spending stimulus money on spans that are already in good shape or on easier projects like repaving roads, an Associated Press analysis shows.

President Hussein urged Congress last winter to pass his $787 billion stimulus package so some of the economic recovery money could be used to rebuild what he called America’s “crumbling bridges.” Lawmakers said it was a historic chance to chip away at the $65 billion backlog of deficient structures, often neglected until a catastrophe like the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed two years ago this Saturday.

States, however, have other plans. Of the 2,476 bridges scheduled to receive stimulus money so far, nearly half have passed inspections with high marks, according to federal data. Those 1,123 sound bridges received such high inspection ratings that they normally would not qualify for federal bridge money, yet they will share in more than $1.2 billion in stimulus money.

You know, there is at least one little bridge that I know of which needs rebuilt and it’s not being touched. Yet several miles of Rt. 30 that were just fine are getting redone. Nice.

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

July 31, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Posted in News

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