A Bridge Too Far


You know all those rusting bridges that President Obama wants to spend billions more dollars repairing to allegedly stimulate the economy?

He’s headed out to one today which he’s described as a “bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America.” It is on a busy trucking route, spanning the Ohio River between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati.

It’s the Brent Spence Bridge. It doesn’t really need repairs. It’s got decades of good life left in its steel spans. It’s just overloaded. The bridge was built to handle 85,000 cars and trucks a day, which seemed like a lot back during construction in the Nixon era.

Today, the bridge sort of handles more than 150,000 vehicles a day with frequent jam-ups.

So, plans are not to repair or replace the Brent Spence Bridge. But to build another bridge nearby to ease the loads.

It goes on to note that new bridge isn’t even close to “shovel ready”. Locals anticipate not starting until 2015 and not finishing until 2022. See my earlier post on the absurdity of taking 11 years to build a bridge (the Golden Gate, in the 1930’s, only took four years).

Really, it’s symbolic of just how quickly this jobs bill has crashed and burned. Actually, that’s overstating the case. The jobs bill fell apart on the factory floor due to a union strike. Obama couldn’t even get the Democrats to introduce it; Louis Gohmert pushed his own bill in as the “American Jobs Act”. So that’s left Obama campaigning for a bill that either doesn’t exist or consists of eliminating the corporate income tax system.

It’s a 2012 campaign stunt. That’s all it is and all it will ever be.

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  1. Hal_10000 *

    Heh. We’ve had both Obama and Biden visit our university. And that was the response even from liberal faculty — OMG, traffic is going to SUUUUUCK.

    And it did.

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  2. Section8

    I work a few miles from it too. Thankfully I don’t have to cross that bridge. The only reason to do so is to get to Willies Sports Bar on occasion.

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  3. FPrefect89

    Take a look into the Columbia River Crossing http://www.columbiarivercrossing.org/. There has been over 100 million spent so far and nothing has happened. One design has been finalized, for a “12 lane” bridge. The 12 lane is is quotes as they are counting bicycle lanes, light rail lanes, exit only/entrance merge as lanes. The 12 lane bridge will not have any more significant space for autos, just every bodies pet projects.

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