Now we are concerned about old, worn-out bridges? We have known about this problem for years, so what is new? A report was issued many years ago about the number of defective bridges in the U.S. But government officials (few or none) paid little attention to it.
Now that the I-5 bridge in Skagit County has collapsed, it is a big deal. Why wasn’t it a big deal when the report was first issued? Probably because politicians overrule engineers — every time. It was more important to spend taxpayer dollars overseas to bring countries out of the seventh century and into the 21st century. With trillions of dollars and thousands of military and State Department functionaries, all we had to do then was to sprinkle pixie dust on the targeted countries and all would be peace and prosperity from then on.
So now after running out of our own money, we have mortgaged our future by borrowing trillions of dollars from foreign lenders to continue this insanity. So, the bottom line is that there is no money now to replace these old, worn-out bridges. It has all gone with the wind of hope and change.