Sunday, August 05, 2007

What Do YOU Think: Can Our Bridges Come Crumbling Down?

(Photo courtesy of OC Register; story cross-posted at The Liberal OC)

As soon as I saw this in The Register, I just had to read it.

Two dozen bridges in Orange County are flagged as "structurally deficient" by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Bridge Inventory. Sixteen have ratings equal to or worse than the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed last week. [...]
All of the deficient bridges are old, built before 1970. One of them, on Ortega Highway, was built in 1929.

Uh-oh. This doesn't look good. Check out all the structurally deficient bridges in Orange County. Does this mean that our infrastructure is in dire need of repair?

"I have full confidence in the bridges on the state's highway system and I would have no problem driving my family over any of those bridges tonight."

That's what Caltrans Director Will Kempton has to say about our bridges. Now do YOU agree with him? Should the Minneapolis tragedy be a wake-up call for our transportation authorities in Orange County and the State of California to fix the broken bridges? Or are our local authorities already doing a good job of maintaining our infrastructure?

Go ahead and have your say. Do you think our bridges are safe? Or are we actually close to seeing a repeat of the Minneapolis bridge collapse occur here in Orange County?

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