Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Where you stand depends on where you sit, but you would think a simple issue like the state of repair (or disrepair) of the bridge I cross twice a day would not be a bone of contention or a political football.

And yet, the "Occupy Wall Street" folks are crossing today, and so it is:
  • November 2, 2011
    Making the case once again for a federal infrastructure bank, President Obama spoke on Wednesday at Key Bridge, which spans between D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood and Arlington, Va. .... According to the Federal Highway Administration, the historic Key Bridge (named after the creator of "The Star-Spangled Banner") is in need of "crucial repairs" and "maintenance work."
  • November 17, 2011
    Protesters are saying they’ve chosen Key Bridge to protest “the deterioration of our public infrastructure and public services.” This morning, John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, told the Dr. Gridlock blog this morning that the Key Bridge is no longer structurally deficient.


Seahorse said...

Fascinating. So, the Feds say there's trouble that will require (funding for) "crucial repairs", and yet the local gov says "Nay". How's that "leave it to the states" thing workin' for ya? (Yeah, I know, no statehood (yet) for D.C., but you get my point!)


Seahorse said...

WHOOPS! Looks like they've updated this info: "Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 11/17/2011
March could snarl traffic on Thursday afternoon and evening
By Mark Berman

[This post has been updated. An earlier note that said the Key Bridge is no longer structurally deficient was incorrect. It is the 14th Street Bridge that has been rehabilitated.]"


PBurns said...

I cross that bridge everyday and it's BADLY in need of repair Never seen a worker on it. A major artery in Washington and Obama is right. Local government in DC is a walking disaster. Things were getting better with Fenty but Vincent Gray is a crook (though probably not a crack-smoking one) like Barry.