The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 August 2007

Not what you'd call a passing grade

One of the AP pieces on the I-35W collapse in Minneapolis notes that on a scale of 1 to 100 for structural stability, the failed bridge scored a 50.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City's Crosstown Expressway rates a 49, though the state does not consider it unsafe. (The bridge was closed once, in 1989, after a crack in a support beam was discovered.)

Posted at 7:57 AM to Dyssynergy , Soonerland

If only, if only we'd had a chance in the past few years to force the legislature to address our crumbling roads and bridges by raising and allocating the money directly via a vote of the people, maybe we'd have some of them fixed by now.

Oh, wait! We did have such an opportunity. You opposed it.

Posted by: Matt at 3:46 PM on 3 August 2007

As did 87 percent of the voters. Feel free to complain to them.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:06 PM on 3 August 2007

I am. Starting with you. :-)

Posted by: Matt at 9:01 PM on 3 August 2007

(He is, too.)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:08 AM on 4 August 2007

Well Charles, I guess he can add me to that list of meanies who wouldn't support an unneeded tax increase. I didn't care who was supporting it, according to figures tossed around at that time transportation money had been diverted to the general fund numerous times because other things were more important than the roads and bridges.
Sorry Matt, but they just did not present a strong enough case that the fuel tax needed raised to cover all the repairs required because they had ignored it in previous years. a failure to do the job right the first time does not make it an emergency on my part.

Posted by: anomdragon at 6:39 PM on 7 August 2007