The Minneapolis Minnesota bridge which collapsed on August 1, 2007 will get repaired rapidly because of high motivation to get it fixed.
Florida Rep. John Mica, the highest-ranking Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, toured the bridge reconstruction on Wednesday and hailed it as a model for federal projects.
"It normally takes at least seven to eight years to undertake an infrastructure project of this magnitude, but the new I-35 bridge was contracted to be designed and completed in 437 days," he said.
Mica said following that pattern in other projects could dramatically lower costs. "This will be our goal in the next highway bill, which is scheduled for renewal in 2009," he said.
I wonder what percentage of the money spent on bridge repair and replacement goes to staffers who do studies and conduct hearings on what ought to get fixed and how it ought to get fixed. Some people say America can't keep up its infrastructure any more. I'm not worried about our ability to afford it as much as I'm worried that the populace will just lower its standards and let things become more decayed than they ought to be. Bureaucracies can spend years planning with big staffs because people do not expect fast repairs.
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