Search For Answers In Bridge CollapseYep, no money for repairs. Because we're such an impoverished society.
2005 Report Called Minnesota Bridge "Structurally Deficient" And Possibly In Need Of Replacement
Inspections as far back as 2000 on the bridge identified both corrosion in the steel and a lot of cracking, says Stehly.
Questions are also being raised about a 2005 report in the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Bridge Inventory which rated the bridge as "structurally deficient" and possibly in need of replacement.
The report said there were fatigued details on the main truss and floor truss system. Yet it concluded there was no need to prematurely replace the bridge because of fatigue cracking, avoiding the high cost associated with such a large project.
We just can't spare a dime.
Cost of the War in Iraq
I swear, with our crumbling infrastructure; wrong-headed war that hemorrhages money and makes no one safer; lack of health care; increasing gap between poor and ultra-rich; liberal newspaper editors being assassinated in the streets; and all the cheap, lethal goods we continue to import from China (even though they've hit us where it hurts: our kids and pets), America's looking more like a third-world country every day.
FDR's spinning in his grave.