Check the inspection status of bridges near you in the US

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    Jan 30, 2008 6:59 PM GMT

    Late bridge inspections put public at risk
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22262284/

    This URL takes you to bridge Tracker:
    On the left, below the text and above the legend, click Enter new route
    EG., to see the bridge across the Potomac River north of Washington, I entered "Fairfax County, VA" and "Montgomery County, MD"
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21840954/

    Hmmmm...Virginia does well in inspections, but has 25% deficient or obsolete. I guess we know which ones are bad; we just dont fix 'em. ... icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 30, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    Due to irresponsible local governments, there is a bridge in Portland that has been allowed to degrade for years. It's literally a patchwork of cracked concrete, repaired with steel braces. Thirty-two thousand vehicles cross the bridge every day, and here's the report from the website...

    Evaluation:
    Basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrective action

    Status:
    Structurally deficient


    Meanwhile, our political leaders argue about who should pay for a new bridge.
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    Jan 30, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    This is great and all in terms of public accountability and allowing tax-payers to demand that infrastructure be fixed (assuming those same tax-payers will fork out the money for it, which is always unlikely).

    But I have to wonder if this is really all that beneficial. Do we really need MSNBC sounding the alarm yet again on something that has only a tiny possibility of ever killing or maiming us? As if we didn't already have a White House trying to make us fear for our lives from the boogey-man terrorists.

    Note, this annoyance is not directed at you, Caslon, but more at MSNBC.