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Tue Jan 30, 2018, 06:40 AM

More than 50,000 American bridges are falling apart

More than 50,000 bridges across the U.S. are falling apart and endangering drivers, according to a new report.

NBC News found cases from Florida, Georgia, Michigan and other states where pieces of crumbling bridges broke off and fell to the roadway, sometimes hitting vehicles.

In Utah, driver Mike Peterson escaped serious injury when a chunk of a bridge smashed through his windshield as he drove underneath.

"Another six to eight inches, you might not be talking to me today," said Peterson.

Using government data, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association compiled a report showing that 54,259 American bridges are "structurally deficient."


More (includes video): https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-50-000-american-bridges-are-falling-apart-n842356



The underside of a bridge in Washington, D.C. NBC News

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Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 OP
Cha Jan 2018 #1
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 #2
oberliner Jan 2018 #3
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 #4
Cha Jan 2018 #5
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 #6
Kentonio Jan 2018 #7
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 #8
raccoon Jan 2018 #9

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 06:56 AM

1. K&R

Mahalo, Rhiannon

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 07:05 AM

2. Thanks!

I remember being scared of going over one bridge I used to cross regularly, read it was unsafe, but that was in 2006 or 2007! And do you remember the Schoharie Creek Bridge collapse? Two distant relatives of mine were killed in that one, as well as three men who worked for my father - and that was in 1987!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 07:08 AM

3. Which bridge were you scared of going over?

 

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Response to oberliner (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 07:14 AM

4. It was on Route 67 in Ballston Spa (NY). I remember reading it was listed as in need of repair.

But I'm naturally scared of bridges. I sometimes have to cross the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge (also known as the Twin Bridges) over the Mohawk River north of Albany - and I always try to take an alternate route.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 07:20 AM

5. I remember Ballston Spa..

I use to think they were saying "Boston Spa".. up there in Saratoga County.

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Response to Cha (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 07:28 AM

6. I know! When I was away at school, I met a guy from "Boston" and I thought he must be a neighbor!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 07:31 AM

7. Can't even maintain basic infrastructure

 

Yet obviously need to spend billions on a ridiculous vanity wall project. Smh..

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Response to Kentonio (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 07:34 AM

8. That's it exactly.

Someone needs to step up and tell him that no one wants to come here now - not even tourists.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Jan 30, 2018, 08:02 AM

9. What does it matter? The Republicans passed their tax cuts. :sarcasm: Nt

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