Skip to comments.Key Bridge, 14th St. bridge among 215 D.C. area spans rated structurally deficient (shovel ready)
Posted on 10/23/2011 7:24:51 AM PDT by Libloather
Key Bridge, 14th St. bridge among 215 D.C. area spans rated structurally deficient
By Ashley Halsey III, Published: October 19
Two hundred fifteen bridges in the Washington region are structurally deficient, including three of the five major bridges that cross the Potomac River into Washington, according to a report released Wednesday.
The group Transportation for America said the Key Bridge, the Memorial Bridge and the 14th Street bridge all need immediate repair. More than 215,000 vehicles cross them on an average day. The 14th Street bridge is scheduled to undergo a complete overhaul in the next four years.
There are more deficient bridges in our metropolitan areas than there are McDonalds restaurants in the entire country, said James Corless, director of Transportation for America 18,239 bad bridges versus roughly 14,000 McDonalds.
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Key Bridge is permanently under renovation....from what I hear. It probably should have been replaced a decade ago. The problem is that it benefits both Virginia and DC....but neither want to take up tax revenue to replace it.
So, you misspent all of the tax dollars you took from us over a century-and-a-half and now you want more to make up for your miserable, criminal failures?
What makes Key bridge and Jimmah Carter alike?
215 bridges and one white hut.
They should go for it, they will easily beat the cost overrun set by the
SF-Oakland Bay Bridge renovation (actually less than 1/4 of the bridge span was replaced). Original estimate <500 million. Actual cost about $7 billion.
I guess this means if we blow all the bridges or if on their own they fall into the potomac, we can set DC adrift. Sounds like a winner to me.
The Minnesota bridge wasn’t ever properly inspected. That’s different from knowing a bridge needs work but spending all the transportation money on other things.
“Since 1993, the bridge was inspected annually by Mn/DOT, although no inspection report was completed in 2007, due to the construction work. In the years prior to the collapse, several reports cited problems with the bridge structure. In 1990, the federal government gave the I-35W bridge a rating of “structurally deficient,” citing significant corrosion in its bearings.”
FWIW, I’ve heard the term “structurally deficient” has a very specific meaning: the given bridge or road cannot accommodate the traffic it needs to carry efficiently. It does not mean, as some would imply, that the structure is unsafe.
You must be over 65 to remember that joke!
No not quite but we told that joke in High School!
My father-in-law was a DC cop in the 70's. He was driving on duty over Key bridge and saw an armed robbery in progress at the liquor store at the M street side of key bridge. Shot the guy dead. I think that liquor store is still there.
Sounds like Dixie Liquor. Just closed, or closing. We don’t do Georgetown because of the parking and prices and attitude. Live at 9th and M, but usually shop Northern Virginia.
That territory is not the 2nd (of 7) police districts. Now very, very little crime.