Originally Posted By cyborg543:
I design bridge for a living
Statistically, 3 bridges collapse per year on average and 6 people are killed.
since all the taxes being collected now are used to service debt instead of repair roadways, I am seeing more and more examples of really shockingly deteriorated bridges.
if this keeps up, you are going to see a lot of bridges close
the most recent job I did had timber piles supporting the bridge and some of the piles were eaten away to 10% of the original section
I had to design big concrete jackets to go around the piles, just a bandaid repair, there's no money to replace the bridge
this is a major bridge, actually a viaduct about 25 spans long
obama spent a trillion on stimulus, but I've never the transportation industry so dead.
if a county puts out a tiny bridge replacement job that's worth a measly $200K in design fees, 13 or 14 companies will bid on it and the low bid will be like $75K
we are in a state of complete meltdown
our govenment has basically simply ceased to function as anything more than a vote buying scam and whores for the banking industry
my town collects $10K typcial property tax on a 4 bedroom house, the local schools have cracked linoleum on the floor from 1950
our government is simply nothing more than a scam, it is that simple
billions collected in taxes, nothing given back in return
Well, yeah - but you're in Zimbabwe...