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On Aug. 1, 2007, every child's worst nightmare came true.
At 6:05 p.m., a school bus transporting 60 children from the Waite House Neighborhood Center day camp clung precariously to a mangled steel guardrail on the I-35W Mississippi River bridge. Thankfully, the children and driver were spared. Many others, however, were not.
When the bridge collapsed, dozens of cars, tons of concrete and twisted steel beams plummeted 60 feet to the riverbed below. Thirteen died. Approximately 100 more were injured.
"This is a catastrophe of historic proportions," said Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Prior to the collapse, every year as far back as 1990, federal inspectors had assigned a "structurally deficient" rating to the I-35W bridge. Yet for 17 years, the structure stayed open.
Currently, 73,518 of America's 594,709 bridges - roughly 12% - share this "structurally deficient" classification. But like the I-35W bridge, they too stay open.
This tragic disaster represents an economic and social epidemic quickly spreading throughout the United States today. American infrastructure keeps crumbling. Collapsing bridges, exploding steam pipes and Louisiana levees… And we fear these failures simply epitomize the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Poorly degraded U.S. roads, highways and interstates cost American taxpayers $67 billion per year, $5.6 billion per month, $186 million per day, $7.8 million per hour or $130,000 every minute - not for reconstruction, mind you - but for patchwork and cosmetic touch-ups.
The economic outlook gets worse.
We've mentioned these stats before. But they bear repeating. The American Society of Civil Engineers issued a grave warning. The United States has fallen so far behind in maintaining public infrastructure - roads, bridges, schools, dams - that it would take more than $1.5 trillion over five years just to bring it back up to standards.
The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have cost the United States $474 billion to date. In other words, public infrastructure maintenance alone will cost roughly three times as much as six years of war.
One of the main reasons people are leaving the UK in droves is because of the obvious imminent collapse of the indigenous British culture that we all see unfolding before our eyes.
Our heritage is going down the pan (toilet) with a government who many say is hell bent on destroying our traditional British infrastructure. By the Governments actions it has been said by untold masses that they have been gradually creating the culling of the British people.
we are facing infrastructure collapse (literally the falling tower) because soooo many people CHOOSE to come here and our most intelligent forum for debate comes up with the brilliant idea of spending public money asking these people if they like it here, are you mad or just divorced from reality?
As investigators in Quebec pore over the scene of a deadly weekend overpass collapse, a leading Canadian bridge engineer says governments must commit to upgrading the country's aging infrastructure.
Originally posted by sylvie
America's Infrastructure Crumbles While We Spend Billions in Iraq
A levee broke east of Reno, Nevada, on Saturday following a strong winter storm and flooded an estimated 800 homes, a Nevada Department of Public Safety spokesman said.
Originally posted by LiamStemrad
I REALLY wish Klinton had fixed all this in the 8 years HE was in office!
And not saddled us with DECADES of work to overcome his tax increases.
But not to worry....if you Bush haters get your way, the Hildabeast will be the next prez, and SHE will fix all!
Go Killary Klinton Kronies! (yes...I noticed the acronym, too.)