Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Idaho In The Top 10

Posted on Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Just not really the list you want to be on: The Dover Bridge in Bonner County made the Popular Mechanics list of "Top 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now."

Coming in at a hot No. 7, the Dover Bridge made the list because, PM writers say, it's falling apart:

"Idaho's Dover Bridge sees about 5,000 vehicles per day, and we don't envy the drivers. The bridge scored an outrageously low 'sufficiency rating' of 2 out of 100 in the National Bridge Inventory. Last year, a 30 x 30-in. piece of the deck was found hanging by its rebar. Replacing the bridge would cost $25 million; the funds have not materialized."

Right on that point, says this report from the Bonner County Bee.

The bridge joined a list that includes the Brooklyn Bridge (considered "structurally deficient"), the canal locks of New Orleans("The 87-year-old lock is undersized") and Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct ("compromised").

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