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.)


  1. Matt »

    3 August 2007 · 3:46 pm

    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.

  2. CGHill »

    3 August 2007 · 5:06 pm

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

  3. Matt »

    3 August 2007 · 9:01 pm

    I am. Starting with you. :-)

  4. CGHill »

    4 August 2007 · 9:08 am

    (He is, too.)

  5. anomdragon »

    7 August 2007 · 6:39 pm

    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.

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