posted on Aug, 21 2009 @ 12:13 PM
If bridges were involved on those routes, then they are slatted by Federal Law to be closed until retrofitted and repaired.
Remember the bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007? Well, the American Society of Civil Engineers conducted a survey and discovered 599,893 bridges
across America that were structurally unsound. They said it would take $1.6 Trillion over five years to upgrade the nation's infrastructure. Congress
only gave the States $25 Billion and told the States had to fund the rest. That's $1.35 Trillion short of what was needed.
I know in my State, all of these bridges that were found structurally unsound are still being retrofitted. It seems like after 2 years they aren't
any closer to finishing them. In some of the cases, rather than close the bridges and repair them, they built new bridges and rerouted traffic over
them and are demolishing the old bridges. I guess that's the cheap and easy way of doing it. However, as my State is a major Freeway Corridor that
depends on revenue from Commercial Traffic along our major Freeway, along with Tourism, my State spends a lot more than most on such things. Other
States may not consider these costly projects to be a priority, especially in more rural areas.
Most States have all Department of Transportation projects available for public review on their websites. You might want to check out what they
actually have planned for those routes.
[edit on 21-8-2009 by fraterormus]