State of Emergency
The Liguria region of Italy is now officially in a state of emergency after its fifth deadly bridge collapse in as many years. The most recent catastrophe left 39 people dead and 15 in the hospital. It’s a sobering reminder of crumbling infrastructure conditions, not just in Europe but throughout the globe…
Including right here in the U.S.
Was It an Ancient Bridge?
Far from it. The Morandi bridge was constructed in the 1960s. It’s newer than many American bridges, a quarter of which were built more than half a century ago.
The Minnesotans among us surely recall the deadly 2007 bridge collapse that killed 13 in Minneapolis. The incident sparked temporary outrage about the dire state of our nation’s roads and bridges. And yet here we are, a decade later… and (shocker) very little has changed.
After a recent review of nearly 200,000 of these structures, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration determined one in three are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” Oof. There’s a reason Trump’s infrastructure plan calls for a whopping $1 trillion in funding. But, in truth, it’s nowhere near enough.
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Is America’s Infrastructure Really That Bad?
The growing number of sinkholes is certainly a red flag. They’re a clear sign that something’s not right with our nation’s plumbing. And we’re seeing more and more all the time. In Baltimore… in Palm Beach (just outside of Mar-a-Lago)… in Omaha… in upstate New York… in Massachusetts… and just last week near our home in Lancaster, PA.
We really could go on (and on). It’s just more sad proof that we are living in Third World America.