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Joe Biden and the Bridges to Two Nowheres

September 29, 2008

The above video notes that Biden requested 116 earmarks this year for a total of 342 million dollars. Included in those earmarks is the Indian River Inlet Bridge, which according to the report, did not need to be replaced.

In addition:

he actually voted for Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere. Twice. That’s right. He and Senator Barack Obama were among the 93 Senators who voted for the massive 2005 Transportation Bill funding the Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere and thousands of other projects across the country. And when another Senator tried to divert the Bridge to Nowhere money to fix a bridge to New Orleans damaged by Katrina, Senators Biden and Obama and 80 other Senators present voted against the amendment.

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One comment

  1. The report lied.

    The bridge was built over 20 feet of water.

    The uniquely high tidal scourge (4x-daily whitewater rapids) in that area has dug deep into the sand/soil of the barrier island it’s built on.

    The 475 foot wide channel now has a 120 foot deep ditch in the middle (representing a 50% grade slope), and the foundations that the bridge rests on are exposed and beginning to be undermined. Ominous cracks appear on the underside of the abutments.

    It’s the most closely monitored bridge in the US, and in 2000 was said to have “only about 5 or 10 years of useful life left,” by engineers in charge of the replacement.

    Well, the first replacement encountered a series of obstacles, from union problems to soil subsidence, which caused them to push the bridge back several years. The approach ramps for the first attempt are only just being removed now after it was determined it would take another decade for them to settle.



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