By John McQuaid
The Washington Post
Sunday, August 5, 2007; Page B01
Is America Losing Its Knack for Getting Big Things Done?
Even as rescue workers searched for more victims of Wednesday’s deadly collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, inspectors were dispatched to eyeball thousands of bridges nationwide, looking for other potential disasters — of which there are, apparently, many. In a 2005 report, the Federal Highway Administration rated more than 75,000 U.S. bridges, about an eighth of the total, as “structurally deficient.”
While we’ll learn more about the specific causes of the collapse in coming weeks, it has been clear for a while that our aging national infrastructure network — bridges, roads, dams, levees — isn’t standing up well to intensifying levels of stress.
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