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I completely agree with your observation about the US falling behind in bridge building and other infrastructure areas. It seems that bridges are no longer seen as legacy projects, but as simple conveyances.

There was recently a large row in San Francisco around the replacement of the Bay bridge. They ended up raising tolls to pay for the more beautiful, advanced design; but it was amazing how many people just wanted to throw up any old bridge design to speed traffic.

I lived in Boston  while the Big Dig was nearing completion. It was messy, noisy, inconvenient, and wasteful; but the final project seems quite amazing. I have only been back once recently, but I am dying to go drive it. It is almost certain that a similar project would not even get off the drawing board today. In the current environment too much of our highway funds are spent on museums and rest stops to fund truly amazing feats.

"Where there is no vision the people perish" (Prov. 29:18)

by toad on Fri Jul 1st, 2005 at 12:04:13 PM EST
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