Republcan Governor Tim Pawlenty’s bridge:
RickScott’s foot bridge:
There was so much hope for that bridge:
First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge “swings” into place. “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” -President Mark B. Rosenberg. https://t.co/x8gPM9A4DG #worldsahead pic.twitter.com/mPEMeh2zmw
— FIU (@FIU) March 10, 2018
Republicans in Congress have kept funding away form Amtrak.
It will also probably be greeted with a shrug in cities such as the biggest city in Maryland, 80 miles north of the Harry W Nice Memorial Bridge. To drive along North Avenue, a main thoroughfare running from east to west, is to run the gauntlet of divots and humps left by heavy buses and trucks pounding the asphalt in the summer heat. The road is a craggy patchwork where pipes have been dug up but then not properly repaved and where the outlines of long unused streetcar tracks are re-emerging.
Street kerbs are cracked or collapsed while traffic lights dangle from overhead cables and sway in the wind. In 2014, East 26th Street collapsed in heavy rain, washing away cars. The 101-year-old Hanover Street Bridge is notoriously riddled with potholes. Trains linking New York and Washington are forced to slow down when they pass through the major bottleneck underneath the city that is the Baltimore and Potomac tunnel, which opened in 1873.
The collapsed East 26th Street in Baltimore in 2014. Do not … DO NOT … fail to watch this video to the end:
We even have our own forgotten and forlorn infrastructure in My Fair City. Our Republican mayor and our Republican state house rep (Sarah Anderson) have manged to keep work from being done on this annoying bit of infrastructure. I just hope it does not fall down.
I know, I know, it is not all Republicans. Democrats too, to some extent. But the fact is, the Republicans have more fallen or crashed stuff on their hands, and in the state houses and Congress, they are the ones stonewalling the process.
I look forward to this all changing once a) we throw the bums out (at the Federal and state level) and b) we then hold the Dem’s feet to the fire.